An image of Seson temple moon - Captain Yoshitaka

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Seson temple moon - Captain Yoshitaka, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Fujiwara no Yoshitaka held the rank of 'shōshō', (‘minor captain’), at the 10th-century Heian court. As a 12 year old, he garnered attention at poetry parties at the palace for his skills in composing linked verses. To avoid conflict with his older brother, Agechika, who was likewise an accomplished poet, Yoshitaka eventually gave up poetry to concentrate on Buddhist studies. Dressed in courtly attire, he is shown here sitting deep in thought in an extensive garden ground on a moonlit night. Even though no characteristic landmarks are in sight, the print’s title identifies the location as the ground of Seson temple outside of Kyoto.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
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
258.2012.69