An image of Shinobugaoka moon - Gyokuensai

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Shinobugaoka moon - Gyokuensai, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

A young man dressed in an elegant black robe raises his sleeves as if to shield himself from the fallen cherry-blossom petals. The top-knot of his hair and the two swords at his side indicate his samurai status. The title cartouche identifies his name as Gyokuensai and the location for the scene as Shinobugaoka, a popular place for cherry-blossom-viewing parties in Edo. Behind Gyokuensai, a gorgeously decorated kimono is seen attached to a branch. In pre-modern times, clothing was used as a curtain or backdrop for picnics.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
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
258.2012.76