An image of The moon and the abandoned old woman

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The moon and the abandoned old woman, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Recorded in Japanese literature for hundreds of years, the act in rural areas of discarding old people due to economic necessity was contrary to the expectations of filial piety more prevalent in the other prints of the series. Here, under an autumn moon, a peasant carries an old lady on his back up the mountainside. The small figures, dominated by a landscape (as in 'Red Cliffs') are portrayed against a gigantic pine tree, which is a symbol of longevity. In one of the stories about this subject 'Yamato monogatari', a man from Nagano province, deserts his aunt in the mountains, but is forced to return to her out of guilt.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Dec 1891
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
258.2012.97