Oto no Miya, Prince Morinaga, Reading the Lotus Sutra, 1886 - Interesting scene of Oto no Miya, Prince Morinaga, the third son of the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo, reading the Lotus sutra during his imprisonment in an underground dungeon. Ashikaga Takauji wanted to become shogun himself, so he arrested Prince Morinaga and charged his brother Tadayoshi with guarding him. The nobleman sits on a fur skin on the floor of the cave, reciting the sutra from a scroll as smoke rises from an incense burner on a low table before him. His long hair is shaggy, and he wears a finely embossed white kimono tucked into lavender pants. An upside shell on a stand serves as an oil lamp, and a female attendant kneels on a straw mat nearby. Beautifully drawn with realistic figures and handsome calligraphic line work in the setting. A moody atmospheric depiction of this historical event, detailed with burnishing on the candle stand and additional embossing in the woman's white kimono. After Tadayoshi's defeat by the Hojo, he ordered Morinaga killed. A memorable Yoshitoshi image.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 18 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical centerfold. A couples creases along fold, small spot. Please see photos for details.