Nakayama-dera in Settsu Province, Temple 24 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

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Nakayama-dera in Settsu Province, Temple 24 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nakayama-dera in Settsu Province, Temple 24 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859

Series; Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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.

Nakayama-dera in Settsu Province, Temple 24 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 - Poignant image from the tale of Tada Bijomaru, the son of Lord Minamoto no Mitsunaka, who was sent to Nakayama Temple to train as a priest. However, the boy spent all his time practicing martial arts and sadly neglected his studies. When his father realized that Bijomaru had learned nothing, he angrily ordered his retainer Nakamitsu Fujiwara to kill the boy. Nakamitsu could not slay his master's son, though, so his own boy, Kojumaru, volunteered to take Bijomaru's place. Here, Nakamitsu draws his sword with a sober frown as he prepares to behead his own son, Kojumaru kneeling in prayer, facing his death with a calm smile. A lantern on the floor sends a wide ray of rosy light through the dark sky. Afterwards, Bijomaru became a high-ranking priest, founding and dedicating Shodoji Temple to Kojumaru's spirit. A moving scene with fine detail and soft shading.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

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.

Nakayama-dera in Settsu Province, Temple 24 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)
Nakayama-dera in Settsu Province, Temple 24 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

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