Priest Mongaku Doing Penance

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Priest Mongaku Doing Penance by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Priest Mongaku Doing Penance

A Fuji Arts Early Spring Exhibition Item - We are excited to have purchased a couple Japanese collections with a range of rare and sought after designs. We’ve put them together in an early spring exhibition and will post them over one week. The items range from Edo through Meiji and up to contemporary. So, there’s something for everyone. The unifying theme is that each print is a great example or very rare item to find in the market. Enjoy shopping the Early Spring Exhibition.

Comments - Terrific kabuki triptych 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 tumbles forward into the water with exhaustion as three deities come to help him. In the center, Fudo Myoo appears in a ring of flames, floating on a cloud and holding a sword to strike down non-believers and a rope to bind them. He is accompanied by his two heavenly attendants. At left, Kongara doji reaches forward to grab the monk's robe and keep him from drowning, while Seitaka doji stands at right holding a lotus blossom. Ichikawa Danjuro appears as both Mongaku and Fudo Myoo. A fantastic image, vibrantly colored and beautifully detailed with a burnished cloud pattern on Seitaka doji's red robe.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels. Small tear, repaired. Very slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

Priest Mongaku Doing Penance by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Priest Mongaku Doing Penance by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)