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Bonso Tsukiyo ni Keishi o Uku (A Buddhist Monk Receives Cassia Seeds on a Moonlit Night)

Yoshitoshi1891-06

Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service

Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service

This print is part of Yoshitoshi's famous series "100 Aspects of the Moon" which depicts scenes from traditional Chinese and Japanese history and lore. In Chinese lore, 8 giant cassia trees grow on the moon. Here, Arhat, an enlightened monk, catches their falling seeds, which were thought to have magical properties because of their perpetual renewal. The moon doubles as his halo.

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  • Title: Bonso Tsukiyo ni Keishi o Uku (A Buddhist Monk Receives Cassia Seeds on a Moonlit Night)
  • Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
  • Date: 1891-06
  • Location: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  • Provenance: The prints in this series were given to Elizabeth Billings as a gift by Sho Nemoto.
  • Contributor: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service
  • Catalog Number: MABI 9289ab

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