An image of In the moonlight under the trees a beautiful woman comes

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

In the moonlight under the trees a beautiful woman comes, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

The lady dressed in elegant Chinese costume standing by a flowering plum tree in a perfect full moon night represents the Spirit of the Plum Tree. She is said to have appeared to the seventh-century Chinese poet Zhao Shixiong when he made a pilgrimage to Luofu in southern China to visit the plum trees there. Tired from his trip, Zhao fell asleep under a tree and a beautiful lady – the Spirit of the Plum Tree – appeared in his dreams. The incident inspired him to compose a poem.

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
258.2012.59