Teisai Hokuba / Woman Looking at the Moon / 19th CenturyTeisai Hokuba
Woman Looking at the Moon
19th Century

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Creator Name: Hokuba, Teisai
Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1771 - 1844
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Teisai Hokuba
Title: Woman Looking at the Moon
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1844
Creation Date: 19th Century
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions: Overall: 189.2cm x 53.3cm, Painting only: 96.5cm x 33.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1985.260
Credit Line: The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: (Nathan Chaikin, Switzerland); Mr. and Mr. Kelvin Smith.

This tranquil scene of an autumn evening evokes a different mood from Party in a Boat, also by Hokuba, and shown nearby. A woman pauses in her task of fulling cloth (pleating or gathering cloth to make it full) to gaze at the moon just as a flock of geese pass over. The simple elements of fulling blocks, geese, and a full moon are traditional symbols of autumn in Japanese art. The woman's white face appears to reflect the moon's surface. Perhaps overcome by the moment, she bites the end of her kerchief.

For the Japanese people, the autumn harvest moon has many romantic associations and is a popular subject of poetry. In mid-autumn a Moon-Viewing Festival is held on the fifteenth night of the eighth lunar moon, which is regarded as the Harvest Moon. This festival became popular during the Edo era, when the citizens of Edo enjoyed a festival in honor of the moon held on the banks of the Sumida River.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1985.260
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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