One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 32, Kitayama moon -Toyohara Sumiaki
(Tsuki hyakushi: Kitayama no tsuki -Toyohara Sumiaki)
signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso, engraver's mark Yamamoto, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1886
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
Toyohara Sumiaki was a musician in the court of the Emperor Go-kashiwabara (reigned 1500-1525). One beautiful moonlit evening he wandered into the dangerous moors of Kitayama, and found himself surrounded by a pack of wolves. Assuming he was about to die, he played his favorite song for himself, and was surprised to discover it enchanted the wolves. The music subdued the pack, and after lying down and listening to him for a spell, the wolves departed.
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 32
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