An image of Dawn moon of the Shinto rites - festival on a hill

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Dawn moon of the Shinto rites - festival on a hill, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This print depicts the Sannō festival, which has been held in Kyoto and Tokyo since the end of the eighth century. An example of the incorporation of Shintoism into Buddhism, the festival developed out of the practice of Buddhist monks of Mount Hiei carrying an image of the Shinto deity Sannō with them when they presented a petition to the emperor in Kyoto. The festival features a procession of colourful floats like the one in this print. The rooster crowing on top of a drum on the right was a symbol of good government, adopted from China in 645. In ancient times a drum was beaten by subjects when they wanted to present a petition. During the peaceful reign of the legendary emperor Yao, the drum was no longer used and became a roosting place for chickens.

Place of origin
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
05 Jun 1886
colour woodblock; ōban
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated.

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
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