Yoshitoshi 芳年: Moon of Pure Snow at Asano River–Chikako, the Filial Daughter (SOLD)

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Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 芳年 (1839-1892)
Title: Moon of Pure Snow at Asano River–Chikako, the Filial Daughter
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Tsuki hyakushi 月百姿
Date: 1885

Chikaku is shown with her hands in a position of prayer as she jumps into the freezing Asano River. She believes that her own sacrifice will help the cause of her father, who has been jailed for virtuous deeds that the authorities felt compelled to punish him for. This design is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful; her face is determined yet hopeful and her brightly patterned clothes seem to almost bear her aloft. Perhaps the two snowy herons ascending to the sky are an allusive hope that she and her father will both ascend to a heavenly place for their sacrifices. She is alone, and the yellow/pink full moon is her witness as it rises over the snowy landscape. 

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (35.6 x 24 cm)
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Signature: Yoshitoshi with his seal