An image of Jade Rabbit - Sun Wukong

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Jade Rabbit - Sun Wukong, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The immortal monkey Sun Wukong, known as Songoku in Japanese, means ‘enlightened emptiness’. Songoku accompanied the priest Tripitaka on a journey from China to India in the seventh century to collect scriptures, and became popular through the Chinese novel ‘Journey to the West’. He gained immortality by breaking into the heavenly garden and consuming the peaches of longevity. Here, his companion is the Rabbit in the Moon, also known as the Jade Rabbit, often associated with mixing the drugs for the elixir of life. Songoku fearlessly holds a magic staff, his favourite weapon used to strike demons.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Nov 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
258.2012.73