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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: No. 68, Moon of the Southern Sea, 1888
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 8 13/16 in. (33.02 cm x 22.38 cm)

Object Type: print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2003.1.34

Alternate Title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: No. 68, Moon of the Southern Sea

Fine impression with gauffrage.

Red seal and signature in the upper left. Text printed in the lower left border. A text box and pink banner are printed in the upper right.

Colored ink woodblock print on off-white paper (oban tate-e).

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock print depicting the white-robed Bodhisattva Kannon, goddess of mercy in the Japanese Buddhist pantheon, seated on a moonlit rock in the Southern sea.

"Of the many forms of Kannon, one called Nankai Kannon, "Southern Sea Kannon," was worshipped by fishermen and sailors. The representation in this design was also called Shui yue Guanyin, "Water-moon Kannon;"...Artists of the academic Kano school often used the subject - in the design here, the minimal color, abstract treatment of the rocks, and the calligraphic folds of the robes all call to mind a Kano ink painting.

Kannon's calm face with in Indianised features contrasts with the rough seas and angry black clouds that cross the moon. The halo of the goddess is a dominant feature. Yoshitoshi and his craftsmen have successfully captured its translucence, showing the characters of the cartouche appearing through the halo. This brings the goddess closer to the viewer and makes her sanctity almost tangible."

(John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, Seattle: San Francisco Graphic Society, 1992.)

Akiyama Buemon.

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