mg0163-Yoshitoshi: Seson Temple Moon - Captain Yoshitaka-japanese-woodblock-print
Yoshitoshi: Seson Temple Moon - Captain Yoshitaka

Yoshitoshi: Seson Temple Moon - Captain Yoshitaka

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Yoshitoshi

Yoshitoshi's most famous series, 100 Aspects of the Moon.

Fujiwara no Yoshitaka held the rank of 'shōshō', (‘minor captain’), at the 10th-century Heian court. As a 12 year old, he garnered attention at poetry parties at the palace for his skills in composing linked verses. To avoid conflict with his older brother, Agechika, who was likewise an accomplished poet, Yoshitaka eventually gave up poetry to concentrate on Buddhist studies. Dressed in courtly attire, he is shown here sitting deep in thought in an extensive garden ground on a moonlit night. Even though no characteristic landmarks are in sight, the print’s title identifies the location as the ground of Seson temple outside of Kyoto.


Condition: Print color saturation and overall condition is good. Print has been cropped at border and glued to a backing sheet.

Date: 1888

Publisher: Akiyama Buemon

Thanks to: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/258.2012.69/#about