Watanabe Wataru, Endo Musha Morito, and Kesa Gozen, circa 1844

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Watanabe Wataru, Endo Musha Morito, and Kesa Gozen, circa 1844 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Watanabe Wataru, Endo Musha Morito, and Kesa Gozen, circa 1844

Comments - Terrific scene from the one of the tales about the beautiful Kesa Gozen, whose sweetheart was the samurai Watanabe Wataru. Although he knew of the couple's involvement, the warrior End Musha Morito made advances to Lady Kesa anyway. Here, Morito has clambered onto the roof a building to visit the beauty, who leans against a pillar on the verandah at right, a scroll in one hand and a string of prayer beads in the other. Morito scowls up at her angrily, gripping his sword. At left, Wataru pauses as he walks along a path, the string of his sandal broken. His retainer holds up a lantern as the shoe dangles from Wataru's foot. A willow tree separates the two men from the scene at right, with blossoming cherry trees in the garden below and a mountain in the distance. Nicely detailed with embossing on the cherry blossoms. Only the second time we've seen this Kuniyoshi design.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 7/8"

Condition - Nice detail. Right panel backed with paper. Vertical fold at side. Large loss and thinning at edges, a few small holes, repaired. A few creases.

Watanabe Wataru, Endo Musha Morito, and Kesa Gozen, circa 1844 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Watanabe Wataru, Endo Musha Morito, and Kesa Gozen, circa 1844 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Watanabe Wataru, Endo Musha Morito, and Kesa Gozen, circa 1844 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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