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Maker(s):Tsukioka Yoshitoshi; Akiyama Buemon (publisher)
Culture:Japanese (1839-1892)
Title:Tsuki no monogurui: Fumihiroge [Lunacy: Unrolling Letters (The Crescent Moon)], from the series Tsuki hyakushi [One hundred aspects of the moon]
Date Made:1889
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Sheet: 14 11/16 in x 9 15/16 in; 37.3 cm x 25.2 cm; Image: 13 1/16 in x 8 7/8 in; 33.2 cm x 22.5 cm
Narrative Inscription:  TITLE: recto, upp. r. (black ink in pink cartouche, within image): [Japanese character, Tsuki hyakushi]; TITLE: recto, upp. r. (black ink in square cartouche, within image): [Japanese character, Tsuki no / mono / gurui / fumihiroge]; SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. l. (black ink, within image): [Japanese character, Yoshitoshi]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (red in, within image): [Japanese character, Taiso]; DATE: recto, lwr. r. (red ink): [Japanese character, Meiji nijuni nen gatsu nichi insatsu / [ill.] nen gatsu nichi shuppan]; SEAL: recto, lwr. r. (black ink, within image): [Japanese character, Yamamoto to]; INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr. l. (red ink): [Japanese character, Nihonbashi-ku Muromachi san-chome ku-banchi / insatsu [ill.] hakko-sha Akiyama Buemon]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (red ink): [Japanese character, [ill.] do].
Accession Number:  MH 1949.68.Q.RII
Credit Line:Purchase with the Nancy Everett Dwight Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

No. 77 from the series. A vertical print showing a woman wrapped in tan and yellow kimono with bright red obi standing and unravelling a long letter and exposing it to the ligth of the moon. In the background are shadow of an balcony architectural element. Embossed pattern in the square cartouche area.

Ukiyo-e; moons; women; night; writing; love; tragedy; anger

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