Yoshitoshi (100 Phases)
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Artist: Yoshitoshi (100 Phases)
Date: 23rd June 1887
Size/Format: Oban tate-e, 14 by 10 inches
Description: Gen’i, who smuggled Nobunaga’s son to safety, reclines near the verandah of a temple building late at night. A lamp burns behind him in the silence. He is composing a poem in appreciation of the moon, which appears behind the bamboo blinds at the top of the design. The blue of the sky has purposely been allowed to overprint the leaves, giving the effect of moonlight, while leaves in front of the moon are dark in contrast. Apart from its literal presence, the moon represents the Buddha nature; a secondary meaning of the poem may be that the Buddha nature can be comprehended most intensely through the material world that appears to separate the Buddha nature and the self. A low lacquer-and-gold writing table is positioned in front of Gen’i. He has the shaved head of a priest, shaded to indicate its roundness.
Series: 100 Phases of the Moon
Carver: Enkatsu
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Minor marks and flaws, otherwise fine.
Impression: Fine
Price: (SOLD)


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