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Period: Meiji peirod (1868-1912)
Title: An iron cauldron and the moon at night--Kofuna no Gengo and Koshi Hanzo. No. 18 from the series One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Date: 1886
Medium: Woodblock print
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Libertson
Object Number: 2000.156.009
Label Text: This print caricatures two townsmen who are trying to steal a large cooking pot. Because it is so big and heavy, they have brought a large mallet and saw in order to break the iron kettle into pieces. The Japanese title tsukiyo no kama indicates that the criminals are attempting their theft in clear moonlight, and is a phrase that implies stupidity. Their actions will create such a loud ruckus it is unlikely that they will get away with it. (“Moon," curated by Ellen Avril and presented at the Johnson Museum August 25, 2018-January 13, 2019)

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