In the Moonlight Under the Trees a Beautiful Woman Comes, 1888
Ink on Paper
12 15/16 in. x 8 3/4 in. (32.86 cm x 22.23 cm)
Two printed inscriptions in the upper right corner. Signature and red ink seal printed in the right border of the image, in the center. Seal printed in the lower left corner.
Colored ink woodblock on off-white paper. Oban tate-e.
Meiji period color woodblock print of a conventionally beautiful woman dressed in a luxurious Chinese costume. She stands by a flowering plum tree under a perfect full moon. She is the spirit of the Plum
Tree, who appeared to Zhao Shixiong, a Chinese poet of the Sui dynasty (589-618). One fresh spring morning, Zhao climbed the slopes of the sacred mountain of Luofu in southern China to admire the flowering plum trees there. As evening drew on, he fell asleep under the trees, and a nymph appeared to him in a dream. Waking in the magical light of a full moon, he realized that the Spirit of the Plum Tree had visited him, and wrote a poem about his experience.
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