Yoshitoshi (100 Phases)
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The Moon at High Tide


Artist: Yoshitoshi (100 Phases)
Date: April 1892
Size/Format: Oban tate-e, 14 by 10 inches
Description: A Shinto priest from Kyushu is travelling to Kyoto and has reached Takasago in Harima province. The scene is bathed in moonlight, and he stops to rest under the pine trees that line the seashore. An aged man and woman appear and begin sweeping the ground beneath the trees. The old man is called Jo, the old woman is called Uba, and they are spirits of two ancient pine trees, one at Takasago and one at Sumiyoshi in Settsu province. They praise the vigour and long life of the pine trees, qualities, which, they tell the priest, represent their own unwavering loyalty to each other. They explain how they have grown old together in spite of the distance between the two pine trees, saving that man and wife are always close to each other in spirit even when separated by “ten thousand leagues of mountain and river”.
Series: 100 Phases of the Moon
Carver: Enkatsu
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Very good, retains original Japanese album backing.
Impression: Fine
Price: (SOLD)

 

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