100 Aspects of the Moon # 17 by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Taiso) (1839-1892)
Woodblock Prints Title: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon # 17 The moon at high tide (Ideshio no tsuki)
1st Publication: January 1886
Size: 13-1/2" x 9" + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: January 1886, 1st Edition
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Backed on an acid free album page. Left margin trimmed affecting the seals. Excellent colors and impression, good overall condition.
More about this print: In this scene from the Noh play Takasago, an old couple stands on the beach before they get into a boat and sail away. He is looking at the moon, and she is checking the tide. They are Jo and Uba, spirits of two ancient pine trees, and symbolize the happiness and fulfillment of a long, faithful marriage. In the play they would wear masks, but their cloths are in Noh style indeed.
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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