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100 Aspects, No 10. Moon of pure snow at Asano River

100 Aspects, No 10. Moon of pure snow at Asano River, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
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100 Aspects, No 10. Moon of pure snow at Asano River is an Edo Period Wood Block Print created by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi in 1885. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged The Moon. SourceDownload

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The girl plunging into the icy Asano River with her hands clasped in prayer is Chikako. She hopes that her suicide will persuade government officials to release her father, Zeniya Gohei (1773-1855), from prison. However, her sacrifice fails to impress the authorities, and her father eventually dies in prison. Two startled cranes, often seen as a symbol of justice and longevity, are fleeing from the scene. Together with the reeds they form an essential part of the beautiful triangular design. Stevenson* notes that Yoshitoshi uses flying birds in several designs where death is present: e.g. prints #3, #9, and the present design.

Reed Enger, "100 Aspects, No 10. Moon of pure snow at Asano River," in Obelisk Art History, Published August 17, 2017; last modified August 17, 2017, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/tsukioka-yoshitoshi/010-moon-of-pure-snow-at-asano-river/.

Further reading atyoshitoshi.verwoerd.info
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