Endo Musha Morito with the Severed Head of Kesa Gozen

by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)

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Endo Musha Morito with the Severed Head of Kesa Gozen by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)

Original Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866) Japanese Woodblock Print
Endo Musha Morito with the Severed Head of Kesa Gozen

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Endo Musha Morito with the Severed Head of Kesa Gozen - Fantastic, if gory, kabuki print featuring the warrior Endo Morito holding up the severed head of the beauty Kesa gozen. The virtuous wife of a palace guard, Lady Kesa became the object of the samurai's unwanted affections, and although she repeatedly 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 under an icy waterfall. Here, he stares at the bloody head in angry shock, a rolled up death poem caught between the beauty's teeth. At image at right shows an actor silhouette in profile, while a circular inset above shows a smiling beauty. The insets are set against at red tie-dyed textile pattern, adding graphic interest.

Artist - Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)

Image Size - 13 3/8" x 9"

Condition - Nice color and detail. A couple repairs, vertical wrinkles, rippling.

Endo Musha Morito with the Severed Head of Kesa Gozen by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Endo Musha Morito with the Severed Head of Kesa Gozen by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)

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