Comments - Terrific triptych illustrating a famous story from the history of Japan. Angered by her brother's actions, the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, locked herself in a cave, plunging the world into darkness. Other gods and monks gathered around the entrance, with musicians performing to coax Amaterasu from her hiding place. A man beats on a large drum at right as another plays the flute at bottom center. A warrior struggles to move a heavy boulder from the entrance to the cave as Amaterasu appears, rays of light radiating form her head and flooding across the landscape. She holds a wishing jewel in one hand, the other resting on a walking stick, smiling gently as she emerges from the cave. A wonderfully detailed scene with delicate embossing on the rooster's feathers and the flute player's white fur collar. A great subject from Japanese history.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 29 1/2" x 14 1/8"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Three separate panels. A few small holes and tears repaired from reverse. Toned as shown. Some light soiling and a few light spots. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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