An image of The full moon/ coming with a challenge/ to flaunt its beautiful brow - Fukami Jikyū

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The full moon/ coming with a challenge/ to flaunt its beautiful brow - Fukami Jikyū, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Dressed in a black kimono with bold, colourful sunflower patterns, and striking a proud pose as if challenging the moon above, Fukami Jikyū is the epitome of the folk heroes known as 'otokodate'. Formerly low-ranking samurai, who lost their employment during the peaceful Edo period, 'otokodate' were courageous, chivalrous men who protected the rights of the urban townspeople against attacks by street-gangs and harassments by idle samurai. 'Otokodate' were below the law and made a living from the proceeds from gambling, but nevertheless they enjoyed widespread support from townspeople.

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
258.2012.55