Original Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Kinryuzan Makura no Ishizue, 1807
Comments - Terrific image from the play "Kinryuzan Makura no Ishizue" (The Founding of Kinryuzan), performed at the Ichimura Theater in Edo in 1807. The scene depicts the discovery of a statue of the Goddess Kannon by three fishermen. In the seventh century, fishermen pulled up a statue of the deity from the Sumida River and founded a temple to house the sacred statue in Asakusa, now known as Senso-ji, which is also known as Kinryuzan. Here, the fellow in the center pulls in a fishing net with rays of light radiating from beneath the water, an expression of grim determination on his face. The man at left holds a flaming torch high, an angry frown on his face as he watches. The boatman at right looks on intently, holding his oar in the water. Each of the men wears a boldly patterned kimono over a rust colored shirt and leggings, with a straw apron tied around his waist. The actors are Ogami Eizaburo I as Takenari, Matsumoto Koshiro V as Tomonari, and Sawamura Gennosuke I. A great Toyokuni I triptych and an intriguing depiction of this famous event.
Artist - Toyokuni I (1769 - 1825)
Image Size - 14" x 30 3/8" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Stitching holes at side of one panel, small losses at edges, a few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, creasing, and rubbing. Please see photos for details.