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Oboroyo no tsuki - Kumasaka / Hazy-night moon


Item code : DUh105

Artist Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Subject Kabuki
Series 100 Aspects of the Moon
Publisher Akiyama Buemon
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 22.2 x 32.7 cm
Date Edo (1615 - 1868)


The ghost of the priest Kumasaka no Chohan poses with a halberd that runs off he borders of the print. Although he appears in a travellers' dreams as a spirit asking for forgiveness in the Noh play Kumasaka, in the actual story, the bandit priest is killed by the young Minamoto no Yoshitsune after accidentally assaulting a gold merchant who was accompanying Yoshitsune. 

As the viewer may perceive, the moon does not appear in the composition. In the Noh play, the jiutai (chorus) sings, "Though the moon is out, it is a hazy, moonlit night - 'Storm in,' he orders..." 


Good colour, no margin, minor stain on the bottom left