Yoshitoshi: Jade Rabbit – Sun Wukong
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Songoku, the immortal and mighty Monkey King Sun Wukong, known from the Chinese 16th century novel „Journey to the West”, swings his magic staff and Gyokuto (in China Yue Tu), the white Jade Rabbit that lives in the moon, jumps high. Behind them a giant full moon.
Title: Gyokuto – Songokû (Jade Rabbit – Sun Wukong)
Series: Tsuki hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon)
Block cutter: Enkatsu
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon, Tokio
Date: Meiji 23 (1889)
Size: Vertical Oban, 32,6 x 22,2 cm (image size)
Very good impression and colour, with gauffrage. Retains old album backing. Paper a little age toned . Overall very nice condition. One of the most famous images in the moon series.
Cf. Stevenson, Yoshitoshi’s one hundred aspects of the moon, No. 73 (Ill.). Van den Ing/Schaap, Beauty & Violence, No. 54.73.