The moon on Musashi Plain. From the series 'One hundred aspects of the moon'

On a night of the full moon, a fox is seated on the bank of a river, admiring its reflection in the water. The fox is one of the most important magical animals in Japanese mythology and folklore. It is believed to possess supernatural powers and have both benevolent and malevolent characteristics.

After living to the age of 50 or a 100, it can transform itself into a beautiful woman.

Here it is striking the pose of an alluring courtesan, as if about to reveal its power of transformation.

The moon on Musashi Plain. From the series 'One hundred aspects of the moon' Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI
Japanese 1839-1892
The moon on Musashi Plain
from the One hundred aspects of the moon series
1892 Tokyo, Japan

colour woodblock
36.4 x 24.1 cm (image)
Purchased, 1993 (AS1-1993)

The moon on Musashi Plain. From the series 'One hundred aspects of the moon'

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