Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年)

Print: Sun Wugong blows his fur into the air (Gokū fuku ke - 悟空吹毛) above Jō and Uba (Jō kumi[suru] Uba, 尉與姥) from the series Sketches by Yoshitoshi (Yoshitoshi ryakuga - 芳年 略画)

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Dates: 1882,created
Dimensions: Overall dimensions

Signed: Yoshitoshi (芳年)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - top half only; Philadelphia Museum of Art - bottom only; Philadelphia Museum of Art - top only; Worcester Art Museum; Shizuoka Prefectural Central Library; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - bottom half only;

Physical description:

The monkey king Songoku, from the Chinese story "Journey to the West," creates an army by plucking out his fur and blowing it into the air - each hair becomes a new monkey-warrior. Jō and Uba represent longevity and marital harmony, immortalized in the Noh play "Takasago" in which the old man and aged woman's spirits come to reside in pine trees.

The series illustrates episodes from Japanese folklore and history in a light-hearted manner.

All of the prints are chūbans (printed in pairs on ōban sheets). They were published by Funazu Chūjirō (Marks 077). Sketches by Yoshitoshi (Yoshitoshi ryakuga - 芳年 略画) is how this series is popularly known, but there is no real title to this publication.


There is another copy in the Shizuoka Prefectural Central Library.


The top half of the sheet is listed in Beauty and Violence: Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839-1892 by Eric van den Ing and Robert Schaap, #42:15, p. 127. The bottom half is listed at #42:16.