Gravemarker Moon

Gravemarker Moon

Oban tate-e (9.5 by 14 ins approx.)
Catalogue ID: Yoshitoshi M25
Artist: Yoshitoshi
Date: 1886
Series: 100 Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Description: Ono no Komachi, a famous beauty and poetess of the 9th century, is seated on a fallen stupa (a gravemarker dedicated to Buddha). This may be the scene from the Noh play Sotoba Komachi (Stupa Komachi) in which two priests ask themselves: "Is this Komachi that once was a bright flower - Komachi the beautiful, whose dark brows linked like young moons - Her face white-farded ever - Whose many, many damask robes filled cedar-scented halls?" Komachi is depicted looking at the moon, and wearing a damask robe that heavily contrasts with her battered straw hat.
Condition: Fine
Impression: Very good

Availability: Sold