Comments - Terrific scene of the famous ninth-century poet Ono no Komachi praying for rain. During a severe drought affecting all of Japan, the emperor asked her to pray for rain. As she recited a poem, the rain began to fall. Here, she looks up with a smile as she holds a folding fan decorated with irises above her head, two palace guards shielding her with an umbrella as the rain begins to fall in response to her prayer. A jagged bolt of lightning streaks across the sky as raindrops slant across the scene. A dramatic design in an unusual kakemono or vertical diptych format. A great interpretation of the classic tale.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 28 1/8" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Two separate panels. Horizontal folds. A few repairs, creasing throughout. Please see photos for details.
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