Musashibo Benkei, 1852

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Musashibo Benkei, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Musashibo Benkei, 1852

Comments - Terrific depiction of the warrior monk Musashibo Benkei in the classic drama "The Subscription List." Attempting to sneak across the border disguised as monks, Yoshitsune and his retainers are stopped by the aristocrat Togashi, who is charged with intercepting them. They tell him they are collecting funds to restore their temple. Thinking quickly, the loyal Benkei unrolls a blank scroll, pretending to read a list of subscribers to the fund. Here, he scowls with rage, gripping a string of prayer beads in one hand and the empty scroll in the other. He is dressed as a yamabushi or mountain monk with a small black cap and sashes trimmed with pompoms. He wears a short striped coat over a red kimono patterned with Buddhist wheels tucked into full white pants. A bold portrait with an unusual frontal viewpoint, beautifully detailed with fine embossing in the pants. A great kabuki design.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/2" + top margin as shown

Condition - Nice detail. Backed with paper. A few repairs.

Musashibo Benkei, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Musashibo Benkei, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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