Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, (1839-1892)
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Ariko no Naishi
(Tsuki hyakushi: Ariko no Naishi)
signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso, engraver's mark Yamamoto, and published by Akiyama Buemon, 1886
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
The poem in the cartouche reads:
nami no shita nimo
tsuki no miyako no
hito ya miru tote
How hopeless it is
it would be better for me to sink beneath the waves
perhaps then I could see my man from Moon Capital
This tragic figure is Ariko no Naishi, a lady in the Heian period court who was hopelessly in love with Tokudaiji no Sanesada, a senior councillor. According to the legend, the heartbroken Ariko drowned herself in Lake Biwa. The story of her unrequited love is told by her ghost in the No play Ariko no Naishi.
Reference: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 38
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 38
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