Priest Mongaku Doing Penance

by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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Priest Mongaku Doing Penance by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Original Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Priest Mongaku Doing Penance

Comments - Fantastic kabuki scene of the Priest Mongaku doing penance under the rushing Nachi waterfall. After mistakenly beheading his beloved, the beauty Kesa gozen, while attempting to kill her husband, the warrior Endo Morito renounced his evil ways and became a Buddhist monk. He prayed for twenty-one days under the icy waterfall, only surviving with divine assistance. Here, he clings to a rock at left as three deities come to help him. In the center, Fudo Myoo appears in a ring of flames, holding a sword to strike down non-believers and a rope to bind them. He is accompanied by his heavenly attendants, Kongara doji on the left and Seitaka doji on his right. Ichikawa Danjuro plays Mongaku. A great design with wonderful detail and lively color.

Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small tear, small thinning spot, repaired. Slight creasing. Please see photos for details.

Priest Mongaku Doing Penance by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Priest Mongaku Doing Penance by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)