Original Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
New Play at the Nakamura Theater: The True Story of the Holy Priest Nichiren at Takinoguchi, 1886
Comments - Fantastic kabuki scene from the life of the 13th century Japanese Priest Nichiren, who founded the Nichiren sect of Buddhism. This dramatic triptych shows Nichiren's life being saved by a miracle when a bolt of lightning shatters the sword of the samurai about to execute him. At left, the priest prays calmly under the slanting rain, his prayer beads clasped between his hands, as winds gust through the samurai encampment, knocking over retainers and whipping up waves. At upper right, a messenger on horseback comes galloping up waving a petition to remit the priest's sentence. Nakamura Fukusuke appears at Nichiren. A terrific image with the lightning radiating across the dark and ominous landscape. A great design.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small losses at edges, repaired. Slight toning, a few creases and marks. Please see photos for details.