Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Priest Mongaku, 1864

by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Priest Mongaku, 1864 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Original Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Priest Mongaku, 1864

Comments - Fantastic depiction of Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Priest Mongaku doing penance under an icy waterfall. Formerly the samurai Endo Morito, he fell in love with Kesa gozen, the virtuous wife of a palace guard. Although she repeated refused his advances, he remained persistent. To end things, she asked him to kill her husband, then after cutting off her hair, took her husband's place in bed that night. Morito crept into their bedroom and severed the head of what he thought was the beauty's husband. When Morito discovered that he had killed the beauty, he became a monk, taking the name of Mongaku and doing penance to atone for his sin. Here, the rushing water pours over his back, his arms folded in front of him and a rope tied around his waist. He clenches a bell between his teeth, looking to the side with an angry expression. A hand applied spattering of gofun (white pigment) simulates the spray of the water. A terrific, dramatic design.

Artist - Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice detail. Stitching holes at side, a couple thin spots, repaired. Slight curling at side, a couple creases at edges.

Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Priest Mongaku, 1864 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Priest Mongaku, 1864 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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