by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)
Series; Miracles of Kannon
Miracles of Kannon - This large, 1858 - 1859 series designed 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 landscapes 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 handsome, unusual series, and a great choice for collectors interested in classic Japanese tales or Buddhist imagery.
Rokkakudo in Kyoto, Yamashiro Province, Temple 8 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 - Terrific image of the young Prince Shotoku Taishi riding an ox led by an older woman. Prince Shotoku was the first great patron of Buddhism in Japan in the late 6th and early 7th centuries. Here, the face of the Goddess Kannon miraculously appears on the surface of a tree stump, a cloud of smoke rising into the blue sky. A great scene with soft shading and fine detail, including burnishing in the prince's black monk's mantle.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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