Period: Meiji period (1868-1912)
Title: By now you must be somehwere near Komakata; a cuckoo calls--Takao. No. 1 from the series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Libertson
Object Number: 2000.156.007
This courtesan of the Genroku era (1688–1704) is one of eleven famous courtesans with the name Takao, perhaps the sixth, who was known for her writing. Gazing at the summer dawn moon, Takao yearns for her lover, who has recently left the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters. The plaintive call of the hototogisu (cuckoo) is associated with loneliness.(“Moon," curated by Ellen Avril and presented at the Johnson Museum August 25, 2018-January 13, 2019)
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