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A Woodblock Print by Yoshitoshi – “Mount Otawa Moon"
This print depicting the warrior Sakanoe no Tamuramaro who died in 811 after a glorious career on the battlefield. He was honored as the Shinto god Tamura Myojin, or "Bright God Tamura", associated with Kiyomizu Temple on Mount Otowa. This print, which illustrates a scene from a Noh play entitled Tamura, shows the ghost of a young Tamura sweeping cherry petals on the grounds of the temple.

This is a great ghost image from the 100 Moon series. This beautiful Yoshitoshi print is printed with fine embossed detail in the figure's kimono and white cartouche. Note the printed design in front of the figure is part of the original printing as seen in books illustrating this fantastic print.

The print is titled One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: “Mount Otawa Moon”, and is signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso. The colors are quite vibrant and the registration is of the finest. The framed print measures measures 20 1/2"by 16 1/2"" - the print itself measures 14 "by "9 1/2"." It is in excellent condition and has been framed in museum quality framing.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (30 April 1839– 9 June 1892) (Japanese: 月岡 芳年; also named Taiso Yoshitoshi 大蘇 芳年) was a Japanese artist. He is widely recognized as the last great master of Ukiyo-e, a type of Japanese woodblock printing. One Hundred Aspects of the Moon -is considered his masterwork, Yoshitoshi's series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon features one hundred oban size woodblocks, published between 1885 and 1892. These quiet and reflective prints, beautifully composed and drawn, feature subjects from traditional Japanese and Chinese history and legend, rendered with great sensitivity and emotion. The moon appears in all but a few prints, providing a unifying motif for the series.

Reference: John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001



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