Kuniyoshi 国芳: Station Miyanokoshi 宮の越; The Prince of the Great Pagoda Reading Sutras in a Cave (Sold)

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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861)
Title: Miyanokoshi 宮の越: the Prince of the Great Pagoda (Oto no Miya)
Series: Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô Road  木曾街道六十九次之内
Date: 1852

Prince Morinaga (Moriyoshi) is shown in his cave prison, calmly reading Buddhist sutras by lamplight, his single attendant seated nearby. A fierce samurai who intends him harm stands at left, with a focused expression on his face as he watches Morinaga. Prince Morinaga was the son of the rebel emperor Go-Daigo in the 14th century. His story is recounted in the Taheiki, the Tales of the Great Pacification. The cartouche at left is in the shape of a chrysanthemum, a symbol of the Imperial family.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. With mica embellishments on the surrounding rocks.
Dimensions: ôban (36 x 24.5 cm)
Publisher: Sumiyoshiya Masagoro
Literature: See Sarah Thompson’s “The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidô”, number 37, page 90.
Seal: kiri
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga