Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, "Buddhist Rakan Receives Cassia Sees"
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According to Chinese and Japanese folklore, eight cassia trees grow on the moon, shedding seeds that give immortality and invisibility to those who eat them. Here a Buddhist rakan catches seeds in his bowl while seated on a rock. The full moon behind his head, printed beyond the print's borders, also gives him his halo.
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Condition: Light soiling and trimming, otherwise excellent color and condition
Frame Shown: 16" x 24", Classic Wood, Walnut
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's (1839-1892) Tsuki hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon) series of woodblock prints make up some of Yoshitoshi's most recognizable and popular designs today. A number of highly influential compositions make up this series, which illustrates Chinese and Japanese history, folklore, and literature with the moon as a unifying theme. Taken as a whole, Yoshitoshi's "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" is a masterpiece showcasing Yoshitoshi's tremendous talent as an artist and his deep sentimental connection to Japan's rich cultural history.