Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Priest Mongaku Doing Penance
Comments - Fantastic kabuki scene of the Priest Mongaku doing penance under the rushing Nachi waterfall. After mistakenly beheading his beloved, the beauty Kesa gozen, while attempting to kill her husband, the warrior Endo Morito renounced his evil ways and became a Buddhist monk. He prayed for twenty-one days under the icy waterfall, only surviving with divine assistance. Here, he clings to a rock at left as three deities come to help him. In the center, Fudo Myoo appears in a ring of flames, holding a sword to strike down non-believers and a rope to bind them. He is accompanied by his heavenly attendants, Kongara doji on the left and Seitaka doji on his right. Ichikawa Danjuro appears as both Mongaku and Fudo Myoo. A great design with wonderful detail.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. A few small losses at edges, repaired. Toning, slight soiling, a few creases. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.