Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Momiji no ga (Autumn Outing), Chapter 7
Series; Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji, 1845 - 1846
Momiji no ga (Autumn Outing), Chapter 7 - Fantastic design of the warrior Endo Morito holding up the severed head of the beauty Kesa Gozen. The virtuous wife of a palace guard, Kesa Gozen 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. 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. This print shows Morito staring at the head unflinchingly, in shock as he realizes that he has killed his beloved instead of her husband. He stands on the stone steps of the palace as maple leaves fall silently around him and misty clouds pass before a full moon overhead. A dramatic scene from the play "Sakigake Genji" with Ichikawa Danjuro VIII in the role of Endo. An incredible, bold image from this fantastic story.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Some soiling. A few holes, repaired. Please see photos for details.