100 Aspects of the Moon # 48 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Prints Title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon # 48 Huai River Moon - Wu Zixu (Waisui no tsuki - Goshisho)
1st Publication: June 1887
Size: 13-1/2" x 9" + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: June 1887
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Backed on an acid free album page, left margin trimmed affecting the seals, else very fine. Excellent colors and impression, very good overall condition.
More about this print: Most reviewers take for granted that name in the title refers to the story of the Chinese general Wu Zixu (cir. 490 BC), who wanted to avenge his father's death, and was aided by a Huai River fisherman in locating the grave of the murderer. Perhaps the prominence of the grinning fisherman in this design demands a better explanation. Stevenson* suggest a different story - that of the wise fisherman Jiang Ziya, who became a counsellor for emperor Shi Bei - but this does of course not explain the title.
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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