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.
Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Yamashiro Province, No. 16 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route, 1859 - Dramatic image of the samurai Taira no Morihisa reciting a sutra from a scroll while a samurai attempts to attack him from behind, his sword shattering into pieces. A bolt of light from the temple above zigzags across the image, bathing the warrior in a protective yellow glow. According to legend, Morihisa was captured by the Minamoto and ordered to be executed. After reciting the Kannon Sutra, the executioner's sword broke and Morihisa was pardoned because of this miracle. The inset above shows the famous Kiyomizu Temple, surrounded by blossoming cherry trees. A dynamic scene with great color and detail, including delicate embossing in the yellow and white kimono.
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. Small loss, repaired. with backing. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, stain. Please see photos for details.
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