100 Aspects of the Moon # 44 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Print Title: Akazome Emon viewing the moon from her palace chambers
1st Publication: 1887
Size: Oban; 13 1/2" x 9 1/4" + margins (34 x 23.5 cm + margins)
Date of this edition: 1887
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Mild soiling, repaired wormholes in the margins.
More about this print: kazome Emon (956-1041 AD) was a celebrated woman poet at the Heian court. She served in the household of Fujiwara no Michinaga, the prime minister of the day, and father-in-law of several emperors, and she is considered to have been the main author of the Eiga Monogatari, the Fujiwara family history.
Here she is portrayed at her doorstep, after a long, sleepless night, awaiting her lover who has failed to show up. Her poem reads: “I wish I had gone to bed immediately - but now the night has passed and I watch the moon descend.”
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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