An image of Moon of the filial son - Ono no Takamura

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Moon of the filial son - Ono no Takamura, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Ono no Takamura served as a high-ranking official at the court of Emperor Saga in the ninth century. Renowned as a poet and calligrapher, Takamura was also often praised as a model of filial piety and generosity. He tended to share his stipends with relatives and friends who were more in need than him and showed great respect to his parents. The iconography could also refer to Ceng Shen, an important disciple of Confucius, who is credited with the compilation of the Twenty-Four Paragons of Filial Piety. Legend has it that Ceng was gathering brushwood in the forest one day when he had the premonition that his mother needed him. He hurried home to find that she had missed him so much she had bit her finger hard in vexation.

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
258.2012.80