An image of Moon of Kintoki's mountain

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Moon of Kintoki's mountain, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Kintoki is refereeing a match between a monkey and a rabbit. He is depicted here as a fattened infant, which traditionally meant good health in Japanese and Chinese culture. The persimmon is perhaps an allusion to what the monkey stole from the immortals in heaven and Kintaro’s superior powers. Kintoki was the son of a 'rōnin' (or masterless samurai) and was abandoned in the Ashigara mountains, near Mount Fuji. Brought up by Yamauba, who was half-woman, half-spirit, she called him ‘golden boy’. The warrior Yorimitsu saw the child while he was hunting and wanted to take him away and make him a hero. His name was to change again, to Kintarō, once he became a man.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Oct 1890
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
258.2012.87