An image of The moon of the moor - Yasumasa

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The moon of the moor - Yasumasa, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Fujiwara no Yasumasa (958–1036) was a courtier and famous musician in the Heian court. The legend recounts that Yasumasa had a brother known as Hakamadare Yasusake who was an outlaw. One evening under the full moon, Yasumasa was walking through the moors and playing his flute when Hakamadare, in need of new clothes, crept behind Yasumasa, intent to kill him for his robes. But Hakamadare became mesmerised by the music he heard from the flute so continued to follow him home. Yasumasa finally noticed who was behind him; he gave Hakamadare the robes and sent him away, saying words to the effect of ‘next time, ask’.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
20 May 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
258.2012.63