An image of Moon of enlightenment

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Moon of enlightenment, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Hotei, one of the Seven Lucky Gods, was the god of happiness and good fortune. He is often depicted in loose clothes, with a large hairy stomach, leaning comfortably on a large bag of treasures. A famous theme of Zen painters, Hotei is shown pointing childlike to the moon as it suddenly appears from behind the clouds. The appearance of the moon served as both an awakening for Hotei and a lesson to the viewer: not to confuse the finger that points at the moon with the moon itself.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
13 Apr 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
258.2012.62