Yoshitoshi: The Moon’s Invention: Hôzô Temple
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: The Moon’s Invention: Hôzô Temple
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon (tsuki hyaku sugata)
The Buddhist martial artist Kakuzenbô Hôin In’ei pauses in his sparring to look down at the reflection of the crescent moon forming a crosspiece to his padded fencing spear. He appears gentle, yet powerful and relaxed. Yoshitoshi is suggesting that In’ei’s innovation of a sickle-spear might have been inspired by a sickle-shaped moon. This is an unusually early impression, with strong woodgrain in the sky and water and the subtlety of the print effectively conveyed.
Condition: Excellent impression and color; very good condition. Narrow left margin and faint backing remnants, verso.
Dimensions: ôban vertical
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Literature: Stevens, John: “Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of The Moon”, Hong Kong, 1988. #95.