The Origin of the Sansha on the Miyako River, circa 1843 - 1847

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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The Origin of the Sansha on the Miyako River, circa 1843 - 1847 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Origin of the Sansha on the Miyako River, circa 1843 - 1847

Comments - Fantastic scene illustrating the origin of the sansha (or sanja) on the Miyako River. In the seventh century, two fishermen pulled up a statue of the goddess Kannon in their fishing net on the Miyako River (the former name of the Sumida River). A third man heard about their discovery and converted the fishermen to Buddhism, and the three then founded a temple to house the sacred statue in Asakusa, now known as Senso-ji. The Sanja Matsuri or Three Shrine Festival is held yearly in their honor. Here, three beauties stand in for the fishermen, watching with happy surprise as rays of light radiate from the net pulled in by the standing woman. Another beauty holds a flaming torch aloft in the front of the boat, while the third woman rests on her oar at right. Each wears matching kimono with a straw apron tied around her waist. Blossoming cherry trees with delicately embossed flowers frame the view in the foreground, with more trees in bloom on the opposite shore. A lovely interpretation of this famous event, beautifully detailed.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 28 7/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Horizontal centerfold. Small loss at corner, a few holes and thinning spots, repaired. Light toning and soiling, a few creases, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.

The Origin of the Sansha on the Miyako River, circa 1843 - 1847 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
The Origin of the Sansha on the Miyako River, circa 1843 - 1847 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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