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Jade Rabbit: Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, from the series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Asian Art

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon was one of Yoshitoshi’s most successful series, printed over a period of seven years with new designs released every few months to an eager public. The subjects drew on Chinese and Japanese folklore, history, and literature and often included elements of the supernatural, an obsession of Yoshitoshi’s later in life. This print refers to a Chinese story of an immortal monkey king, shown dancing with a jeweled hare that, according to legend, lives on the moon.
MEDIUM Color woodblock print on paper
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES October 10, 1889
    PERIOD Meiji Period
    DIMENSIONS 13 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (35.2 x 24.1 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Sealed: Taiso (大蘇) Engraver's mark: Enkatsu tō Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
    SIGNATURE Yoshitoshi (芳年)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2007.31.4
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). Jade Rabbit: Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, from the series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, October 10, 1889. Color woodblock print on paper, 13 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (35.2 x 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace, 2007.31.4 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2007.31.4_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2007.31.4_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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