Hino Kumawakamaru and Priest Escaping from Sado, 1885 - Dramatic scene of a yamabushi or mountain priest helping the young boy Hino Kumawakamaru escape from the island of Sado after his father's execution in 1332. Suspected of a conspiracy against the emperor, the imperial court exiled his father to the island of Sado and ordered his execution by the lay monk Homma. Kumawakamaru made his way to the island, but Homma prevented him from seeing his father before his death. For revenge, Kumawakamaru killed Homma one night, then escaped by swinging across a moat on a bamboo cane. He won the support of a priest, who helped him make his way to the shore, and through a special prayer, caused a fishing boat to return and pickup the child, carrying him to safety. Here the priest runs along the beach with a string of prayer beads clasped in his hands as he fervently prays for the ship to turn around. The young boy stands at his side waving his arms frantically. A decorative cloud border with a geometric design separates the figures from crashing white-capped waves and the boat sailing into the distance. A great image from this famous tale with beautiful line work and embossing on the boy's white under robe.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 1/8" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. A couple light creases and small spots. Please see photos for details.
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