Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Cloth-beating Moon (Kinuta no tsuki)
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 24.7 x 36.3 cm
A wife beats a roll of cloth with a wooden mallet. The maid Yugiri brings the news that her husband will not be coming back until the end of the year. The wife pines away, goes mad, and dies. Finally the husband is able to return and learns of his wife’s death. Her spirit appears and rebukes him, but eventually finds peace through the chanting of the Lotus Sutra.
The painting on the folding screen represents an autumnal scene. Apart from the screen, the background is abstracted, represented only by a grey wash extending back into darkness. The wife’s robe is opulent, as a Noh robe would be, and she wears tabi, tailored socks with a division for the big toe.