Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Title: 2. Chang E flees to the Moon
Series: One Hundred Aspects of The Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Departing from the earth and her family, the lady Chang E runs away to the land of the moon. The ancient Chinese tale recounts how the skilled archer Hou Yi saved the moon from eternal eclipse and was awarded a jade cup containing an elixir for immortality. Variations of the story contend that he refrained from drinking it immediately. Instead, the elixir was taken by his wife Chang E who quickly drank it and stole away to the moon in an effort to protect it from getting into the wrong hands, or for personal gain. Yoshitoshi presents Chang E with a nebulous expression. The jade cup balances on her hand as her flowing garments imitate the rolling clouds beneath her. A large moon rendered a rosy pink shows her approaching close to her new dominion.