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.
Kokawa-dera in Kii Province, No. 3 of the Saikoku, Pilgrimage Route, 1859 - Fascinating scene from the story of Shibukawa Sadayu. An elderly man carries a young girl on his back, a lantern held high in his hand. He looks up with a worried expression as a young boy appears in a cloud, holding a lotus bud in one hand and a paper packet of chopsticks in the other. The man and the girl each wear a delicately embossed white pilgrim's vest, and the man has a water dipper tucked in his sash. A charming image, beautifully colored and shaded.
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. Small repair in margin. A couple light vertical creases.
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