Hazy - night moon - Kumasaka

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
1839 - 1892
Hazy - night moon - Kumasaka
Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ōban, 364 x 246 mm

Signed: Yoshitoshi, and red artist’s seal Taiso
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon

Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon - Tsuki hyakushi

Very fine impression of the version with the dark background. Extensive use of karazuri, overprinting on yellow and black. Fine colour, full margins. Retains original Japanese album backing.

The subject of the print is a famous out-law priest, Kumasaka, head of a band of robbers, who was killed by Minamoto Yoshitsune. Here the villain is depicted as appears in the Noh drama Kumasaka, inspired by the story. As the popular kabuki, the Noh was a form of Japanese theatre played to the high level class, usually with the use of masks.

John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon, Leiden 2013; no. 45.