Miracles of Kannon - This large series designed in 1858-1859 by Toyokuni III and Kunisada II in collaboration with Hiroshige II pairs miracles performed by Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, with scenes of temples in the Western, Central, and Eastern provinces of Japan. Toyokuni III created the large figural scenes at the bottom of each image for most of the series, with Kunisada II contributing a few designs, while Hiroshige II designed the landscape views across the top of each print. A wonderful combination of expressive figures and lyrical scenic views, these interesting prints feature lively color and fine detail. A nice unusual series, and a great choice for collectors interested in classic Japanese tales or Buddhist imagery.
Oka-dera in Yamato Province, No. 7 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 - Rather comic scene from the tale of a girl from Nagato Province making a pilgrimage. The young beauty is knocked off balance by the waves, her straw hat flying through the air. She wears a white pilgrim's vest over her green kimono, and has a string of votive slips around her neck. A boatman leans back on his oar and watches the hat fly away. Nicely shaded and colored.
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Losses and thinning along vertical fold, repaired. Wrinkling, slight rubbing. Please see photos for details.
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