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Yoshitoshi
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 53, Sumiyoshi full moon -Lord Teika
(Tsuki hyakushi: Sumiyoshi no meigetsu -Teikako)

signed Yoshitoshi, artist's seal Taiso, engraver Yamamoto, published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1887
oban tate-e 14 5/8 by 9 7/8 in., 37.2 by 25 cm
This composition depicts the god of poetry visiting Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241) as he sleeps in the Shinto shrine of Sumiyoshi, located beside a beach in Settsu province. The deity, to whom the shrine was dedicated, was known to enter the dreams of eminent poets who spent the night there. He stands with a bulging forehead, which indicates his wisdom and immortality, upon an ethereal black and grey cloud. The cloud was accomplished via a technique called atenashi bokashi or "borderless printing", a challenging process which required separately applied pigment and water. This use of bokashi is a testament to the craftsmanship of the printers and the effort which went into the production of this series.
Fujiwara, who rests against a post bundled in brown and blue robes, was one of the most celebrated poets of his time, compiling two important anthologies Shinkokinshu (New Collection of Ancient and Modern Poetry) and Hyakunin isshu (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets) while writing many poems of his own. He also edited important older texts, including Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji). He was a master of tanka, 31 syllable poems from which the haiku would later be developed.
References:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001. cat. no. 53
Ota Kinen Bijyutsukan, Yoshitoshi - Fuuzoku Sanjyuni Sou To Tsuki Hyaku Sugata, 2009. p. 32 no. 2.53
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