Original Kunisada II (1823 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Traveling Monk and Children Working
Series; A Modern Pictorial Version of the Buddha's Eight-fold Path, 1860
Traveling Monk and Children Working - Interesting design from an unusual Kunisada II series featuring modern comparisons with episodes from the life of Buddha. In this scene, a traveling monk encounters two children working in the countryside raking leaves and trimming greenery. The monk holds his hat up in one hand, looking solemnly down at the young girl, who offers him a maple branch covered with colorful red leaves. She smiles happily, the hem of her blue kimono tucked up at the waist for easier movement. A basket on the ground nearby holds grasses and a tool. The young boy at right looks up with a grin, his red tie-dyed coat hanging open. The monk's white under robe is delicately embossed and he holds a burnished black object in his other hand. We've only seen this subject a handful of times. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. Small loss at corner, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, a few spots, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.