Tokiwa Gozen Brought before Taira no Kiyomori

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Tokiwa Gozen Brought before Taira no Kiyomori by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Tokiwa Gozen Brought before Taira no Kiyomori

Comments - Interesting scene of Tokiwa gozen or Lady Tokiwa appearing before the daimyo Taira no Kiyomori. Tokiwa was the wife of the samurai Minamoto no Yoshitomo, and after he was killed by Kiyomori, she fled with her three sons. After learning that Kiyomori was holding her mother hostage, she returned and agreed to become his mistress in exchange for the release of her family. Here, she kneels in the center of the room, looking down with a shy smile as a beauty gestures towards Kiyomori, who stands behind a blind at left. A young boy sits at right, smiling as he looks up, while one of Kiyomori's retainers kneels behind him. At top center, a beauty carries in a black lacquer tray filled with toys, including a bird on wheels, a wind wheel, and a small dog figurine, while other women peep through the sliding panels above. Wonderful detail in the elegant palace setting. The first time we've offered this Kuniyoshi design.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Good detail. Horizontal folds. Wormholes at edges, a few holes, repaired. Creasing throughout.

Tokiwa Gozen Brought before Taira no Kiyomori by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Tokiwa Gozen Brought before Taira no Kiyomori by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Tokiwa Gozen Brought before Taira no Kiyomori by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)