Yoshitoshi – No. 31: Zifang
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Zifang (aka Zhang Liang, Jap. Shibô), advisor to Liu Bang, the first emperor of the Chinese Han dynasty, standings on a windy full-moon night on Mount Ji Ming (Jap. Keimeizan) above the encampment of the Chu troops and playing melancholy melodies on his flute to discourage the enemy (202 BC).

Title: Keimeizan no tsuki - Shibô (Mount Ji Ming Moon – Zi Fang)

Series: Tsuki hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon)

Signature: Yoshitoshi

Seal: Taiso

Engraver: Enkatsu

Publisher: Akiyama Buemon, Tokyo

Date: Meiji 19 (1886)

Size: Vertical Ôban, 32,3 x 21,3 cm (image)

Excellent impression and colours, with relief and lustre printing, with the usual pigment oxidation. Unbacked. Bottom and right margins professionally wholly respectively partly remargined. Light old pencil annotation in right upper margin, a small corner crease top left. Overall very good condition.
Ill. in: Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's one hundred aspects of the moon, Redmond 1992, no. 31; Tjardes, One Hundred Aspects of The Moon, Santa Fe, 2003, no. 53; Verberk, Yoshitoshi - Hundert Ansichten des Mondes, Cologne 2021, no. 30; cf. also British Museum, 1906,1220,0.1433.