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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 73, Jade Rabbit, Sun Wukong
(Tsuki hyakushi: Gyokuto- Songoku)
signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Taiso, engraver's mark Enkatsu, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1889
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
This print depicts Sun Wukong (Songoku in Japanese), the immortal monkey of the Chinese novel Xi you ji (Journey to the West). He wears robes lined with gold and wields a magic, gold-tipped staff that he used to beat the Milky Way flat and fend off demons on his journey to India. Sun Wukong is accompanied by The Jade Rabbit, known in Japanese folklore to be visible in the moon's markings.
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 73