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Hazy Night Moon: Kumasaka

  • Description

    Kumasaka no Chōhan, the ghost of an outlaw priest, strikes a dramatic pose in the play ‘Kumasaka’. He is dressed in elaborate robes, the trousers decorated with thunderbolts and the upper robe with the comma design associated with Raiden, the god of thunder.

    Kumasaka was killed when he attacked the retinue accompanying the young Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who had studied martial arts with the tengu demons.

  • Details

    One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    published 1 August 1887
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) (designer)
    Yamamoto (active c. 1887) (block cutter)
    Associated people
    Akiyama Buemon (active c. 1882 - 1920s) (publisher)
    Kumasaka no Chōhan (active 12th century) (subject)
    Material and technique
    nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print
    mount 55.6 x 40.4 cm (height x width)
    sheet 39.5 x 27 cm (height x width)
    print 37.1 x 24.9 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by George Grigs, Miss Elizabeth Grigs, and Miss Susan Messer, in memory of Derick Grigs, 1971.
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Glossary (2)

nishiki-e, tengu

  • nishiki-e

    Nishiki-e literally means 'brocade pictures' and refers to multi-coloured woodblock prints.

  • tengu

    Tengu are powerful mountain goblins. Two types appear in Japanese art, one with a long nose, and the other with a beak and claws. One identifying feature of both is a feathered fan.


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