Emperor Kameyama, 1879 - Incredible design from Yoshitoshi's series of triptychs depicting legends and events from the history of Japan. This dramatic scene shows the attempted execution of the Buddhist priest Nichiren during the reign of Emperor Kameyama. The priest's life was saved by a miracle when rays from the sun shattered the sword of the samurai about to execute him. The priest prays serenely, kneeling with clasped hands under a tall pine tree as wind gusts through the samurai encampment, knocking over retainers and whipping up waves. At upper right, the executioner's sword breaks into several pieces as he is blown backwards, the men behind him crying out in terror. A fantastic Yoshitoshi image with the shafts of light radiating across the landscape amidst the driving rain and wind. A great design from this fine series.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 28 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical folds. Losses and small tears at edges, thinning along side, repaired. A few creases, wrinkling at corners, stain. Please see photos for details.
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