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.
Mount Hokke in Harima Province, No. 26 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 - Fantastic scene from the story of the immortal Hodo Sennin, also known as Kuhatsu or "Empty Bowl." Hodo was able to fly, and went about the country bringing needy people food and money in a bowl. One day, a ship was passing through the Inland Sea laden with bales of rice taken as tax payments. Hodo flew down to the ship and asked for a bowl of rice, but the tax collector refused, so Hodo flew away to his mountain home, with all the rice following behind him. The tax collector tracked him down, apologized, and asked for the return of the rice, minus one bowl full. Hodo forgave him, and sent the rice bales flying back to the ship. Here, the bales rain down onto the deck of a ship as surprised sailors happily reach for the bundles. The tiny figure of Hodo Sennin floats on a cloud above the temple in the inset landscape. A great composition and an intriguing image.
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Some prints have a couple creases or a light vertical line where backing papers meet. A couple have a small repair. Please see photos for details.
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