An image of The bottom of the bucket/ which Lady Chiyo filled has fallen out/ the moon has no home in the water

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The bottom of the bucket/ which Lady Chiyo filled has fallen out/ the moon has no home in the water, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Kaga no Chiyo (1703–75) was one of Japan’s most famous women 'haiku' poets. To escape the social restrictions placed on women in the Edo period, Lady Chiyo took the tonsure later in life. As a nun, she continued to compose poetry. Her most famous 'haiku' involves a bucket: ‘Morning-glories have taken my bucket – so I ask for water’. The poem in the title cartouche, most likely written by an acquaintance of Yoshitoshi, alludes playfully to Chiyo’s poem and bemoans the fact that the full moon can’t reflect itself in a pool of spilled water.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
10 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
258.2012.74