100 Aspects of the Moon # 26 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Prints Title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon # 26 Cassia-tree moon (Tsuki no katsura)
1st Publication: March 1886
Size: 13-1/2" x 9" + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: March 1886
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Backed on an acid free album page, mild soiling, ink smudge at the bottom of the print, left margin trimmed. Very colors and impression, good to very good overall condition.
More about this print: Wu Gang (Gobetsu in japanese) of the Han Dynasty studied Taoist magical practices, but abused his power. As a punishment, he was forced eternally to cut the cassia trees on the moon. As soon as he cut them, they grew back again. Stevenson* shows a print in which Wu Gang wears a green, rather than a blue tunic.
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.
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