Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Taira no Kiyomori Gesturing to the Sun to Stand Still, 1842 - 1843
Comments - Great image of the ruthless general Taira no Kiyomori standing on a verandah, gesturing imperiously to the sun with his fan. He decided that a temple he was having built at Miyajima should be completed before the day's end; when that appeared unlikely, he ordered the sun to stand still until the building project was finished. He strikes a bold pose on the deck of a fine palace overlooking the water, a sword bearer and his retainers kneeling behind him. Two noblemen at lower right scowl at his actions. The sun has already begun to set, a rosy glow spreading across the horizon, as his retainers watch the warrior in fascination. A terrific scene from this classic samurai tale.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 28 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels. Vertical folds. Thinning at edge, slight separation at ends of vertical fold at side, a few holes, repaired. Creasing, wrinkling, slight toning and soiling, a few stains, rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.