Fujiwara no Yasumasa Plays the Flute by Moonlight - 1883Tsukioka Yoshitoshi , (Japanese, 1839-1892) Meiji era, Woodblock print; ink and color on paper


This finely preserved image depicts the courtier Fujiwara no Yasumasa (958–1036) strolling on a desolate moor and subduing a would-be robber with the seductive sounds of his flute. The story suggests a recurring theme of court literature: the victory of culture over violence. This legend was adapted for Kabuki and the print triptych seen here was produced to coincide with an 1883 staging. - Freer Sackler (The Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art)
Fujiwara no Yasumasa Plays the Flute by Moonlight - 1883
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi , (Japanese, 1839-1892) Meiji era, Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
This finely preserved image depicts the courtier Fujiwara no Yasumasa (958–1036) strolling on a desolate moor and subduing a would-be robber with the seductive sounds of his flute. The story suggests a recurring theme of court literature: the victory of culture over violence. This legend was adapted for Kabuki and the print triptych seen here was produced to coincide with an 1883 staging. - Freer Sackler (The Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art)
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