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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 87, Moon of Kintoki's mountain
(Tsuki hyakushi: Kintokiyama no tsuki)

signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Yoshitoshi, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1890
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
The red subject of this composition is Kintoki, a Japanese folk hero with a friendly demeanor and superhuman strength. Abandoned at birth in the Ashigara Mountains by a ronin, Kintoki was raised by the deity Yamauba who named him Kintaro (lit. Golden Boy). Later in life, he was taken under the wing of warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu (948-1021) and who renamed him Kintoki to mark his growth into maturity. Kintoki was one of Yorimitu's four legendary retainers, and their adventures would be source material for a number of Yoshitoshi’s designs.
In his youth, Kintoki was friends with the animals of the forest, as well as the fierce monk-warriors, tengu (depicted either with bird-like beaks or extremely long noses), who taught him fantastical martial arts. Yoshitoshi depicts him watching his companions, a monkey and rabbit, while they play-wrestle. He wears young boy's clothes and is generously endowed with rolls of baby fat.
Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 87
price: $ 875