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.
Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Yamashiro Province, No. 16 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 - Dramatic image of the samurai Taira no Morihisa reciting a sutra from a scroll while a samurai attempts to attack him from behind, his sword shattering into pieces. A bolt of light from the temple above zigzags across the image, bathing the warrior in a protective yellow glow. According to legend, Morihisa was captured by the Minamoto and ordered to be executed. After reciting the Kannon Sutra, the executioner's sword broke and Morihisa was pardoned because of this miracle. The inset above shows the famous Kiyomizu Temple, surrounded by blossoming cherry trees. A dynamic scene with a striking composition, detailed with embossing on the yellow and white kimono.
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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