Yoshitoshi: Musashi Plain Moon (Musashino no tsuki)
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Musashi Plain Moon (Musashino no tsuki)
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon (tsuki hyaku sugata)
A vixen puts her paw to her face, as women do when admiring their own visages. We can see, just barely, her reflection by moonlight on the river, which is printed very softly with gauffrage outlining. Magical foxes were apparently a common occurence on the moonlit Musashi Plain. This impression has a yellowish color on the fox-lady, and is printed lighter overall. It lacks the publisher’s information, so perhaps it was a test print. The purported provenance is via Kaburagi Kiyokata through Toshikata, so it is possible that one of Yoshitoshi’s students took this for his own collection before the publisher could add his information, as required by law.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban vertical
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Literature: Stevens, John: “Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of The Moon”, Hong Kong, 1988. #22
Seal: Taiso; Engraver:Yamamoto