An image of Lady Gosechi

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Lady Gosechi, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Two noblemen in Heian court costumes are listening to the haunting sound of the 'koto' (zither), played by a nun. The music but also the desolate state of the lady’s dwelling moved them to tears. 'Gosechi' literally means the five annual festivals celebrated at the imperial palace, but was also used to indicate the five beats in music. The lady’s name therefore alludes to the music and ritual of a glorious bygone age, when she was a young and beautiful court lady.

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
258.2012.51