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.
Tsubosaka-dera in Yamato Province, Temple 6 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 - Striking image of Toshibe Sukaru, a retainer of the 5th century Emperor Yuruyaku, galloping on a black horse through a thunderstorm with lightning and rain. He calmed the thunder god by reciting a sutra. A ray of light and a scroll emanates from Tsubosaka-dera Temple above, one of the shrines to Kannon. A dramatic print with a great composition.
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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