An image of Received back into Moon Palace - Bamboo Cutter

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Received back into Moon Palace - Bamboo Cutter, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

This design is inspired by the fairytale ‘Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’. An old, childless maker of bamboo baskets and his wife found a baby girl hidden inside a large bamboo stem and adopted her. She grew up to be a radiant beauty, known by the name Kaguyahime, the ‘shining princess’. Many suitors, including the emperor, sought her hand in marriage, but she declined them all, explaining that she is in fact the daughter of Jōga, the Queen of the Moon. As her sisters came down to escort her back to her heavenly realm, the old bamboo cutter implored her to stay.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
26 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
258.2012.60