An image of The bottom of the bucket/ which Lady Chiyo filled has fallen out/ the moon has no home in the water

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The bottom of the bucket/ which Lady Chiyo filled has fallen out/ the moon has no home in the water, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

There has been much confusion about this work, which has been mistakenly said to depict Kaga no Chiyo (1703–75), a famous 'haiku' poetess who lived in the Edo period. It is most likely the poetess Adachi Chiyono, a daughter of a Kamakura period warrior Adachi Yasumori (1231–85). After the fall of her husband’s political position, she decided to become a Buddhist nun, under Mugaku Sōgen (1226–86), a Chinese Zen Rinzai master. She was given the Buddhist name Muchaku. She is sometimes also confused with another female Zen master, Mugai Nyodai. Her poem refers to her laboured efforts to attain enlightenment.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
10 Nov 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
258.2012.74