Comments - Intriguing scene from the story of Gio and Hotoke as told in the "Heike Monogatari." Gio was a popular shirabyoshi dancer and a special favorite of Taira no Kiyomori. When Kiyomori fell in love with a new and younger dancer named Hotoke gozen, Gio was forced to retire against her will, becoming a nun along with her sister and mother. Here, the stern-looking Kiyomori grasps Hotoke gozen by the hand. She turns her head away in guilt, hiding her face with her sleeve as Gio bows respectfully behind her, two child attendants at her side. The verandah overlooks a beautiful garden pond with a small waterfall and bridge. The palace stretches out along the right, crowded with samurai attending a party in the back. Two children kneel beside a set of burnished black lacquer steps at right, waiting for the daimyo to pass by. In the end, the guilt-ridden Hotoke became a nun as well, and forgiven by Gio, the four women served their days out together in prayer. Beautifully drawn with wonderful detail in the elegant fabrics and setting. Detailed with burnishing on the black lacquer steps at right.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels. Thinning spot, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.