Seki: Priest Ikkyu and the Hell Courtesan

by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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Seki: Priest Ikkyu and the Hell Courtesan by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
Seki: Priest Ikkyu and the Hell Courtesan

Series; The Fifty-three Pairs for the Tokaido Road

The Fifty-three Pairs for the Tokaido Road - Around 1845, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, and Toyokuni III (Kunisada) contributed designs to a Tokaido series titled "The Fifty-three Pairs (or Parallels) for the Tokaido Road." The series featured images of historical figures, legends, and ghost stories associated with the different stations along this famous route. The series title appears in a black cartouche at upper right, with a narrative in an inset at left, and a scene illustrating the story below. An interesting take on the classic Tokaido series, these prints feature lively and animated designs of warriors and beauties or ghosts and spirits, instead of typical travelers, bringing the highway to life. A great choice for a collector interested in Japanese tales and legends.

Seki: Priest Ikkyu and the Hell Courtesan - Incredible depiction of the courtesan Jigokudayu, (which literally means Hell Courtesan) strolling at New Year's accompanied by a small attendant. The Priest Ikkyu stands before her, holding a staff with a skull attached to remind revelers of the inevitability of death. He enlightened the young courtesan as to the evils of her profession, and she became a convert to religious life. The young beauty is elegantly dressed, wearing a kimono patterned with a view of hell with demons and flames, and a black monk's mantle. A fantastic subject.

Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 8 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Stitching holes at side, a few wormholes, repaired.

Seki: Priest Ikkyu and the Hell Courtesan by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Seki: Priest Ikkyu and the Hell Courtesan by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

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