An image of Ishiyama moon

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Ishiyama moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

A lady dressed in the costume of the Heian court sits at a low desk on the verandah of a temple building and gazes out to the full moon as if searching for inspiration. The title cartouche indicates the location as Ishiyama, a small village on the shore of Lake Biwa outside of Kyoto. The main temple in Ishiyama was a popular travel destination for Heian court ladies. The purple robe of the court lady seen here suggests that she is the 11th-century Murasaki Shikibu (‘Murasaki’ means ‘purple’), the author of Japan’s oldest novel, 'The tale of Genji'. It is believed that Murasaki wrote the story during a sojourn in Ishiyama Temple.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
10 Oct 1889
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
258.2012.71