An image of Like reflections in the rice-paddies/ the faces of streetwalkers in the darkness/ are exposed by the autumn moonlight - Hitotose

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Like reflections in the rice-paddies/ the faces of streetwalkers in the darkness/ are exposed by the autumn moonlight - Hitotose, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

The young woman depicted here is a 'tsujigimi', literally 'mistress of the street corner'. Belonging to the lowest class of prostitutes, 'tsujigimi' had to roam the streets, carrying a straw-mat under their arm, ready to be rolled out on demand. Unlike the young woman shown in this print, 'tsujigimi' were usually old and used heavy white make-up to cover their blemishes. The poem in the title cartouche by the female poet Oshun Hitotose refers to the extreme whiteness of this make-up that reflects the moonlight.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
23 Jun 1887
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodblock; ōban
Dimensions
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated.

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
258.2012.49