An image of Reading by the moon - Zi Luo

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Reading by the moon - Zi Luo, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Zi Luo, one of Confucius’ most important disciples, came from a poor rural family. Despite his humble origins, he made enormous efforts to educate himself, rising in the ranks of civil service to eventually become a government official. He was also revered as one of China’s famous Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety. He was known to walk long distances carrying bags of rice, a luxurious good at that time, to his parents. Here, he is shown on one of those travels, profiting from the moonlight to study while walking.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
19 Mar 1888
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
258.2012.57