Yoshitoshi: The Rescue of Nichiren (Sold)
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: The Rescue of Nichiren
Series: “A Simple Illustrated History of Japan” (Dai nippon shiryaku zue)
The Buddhist saint Nichiren is miraculously spared execution, even though he is kneeling and his back is turned to his assailant, whose sword has shattered into pieces. A magical reddish light glows from the upper left of the composition, transforming the stormy night. This took place in the reign of Kameyama, the 91st emperor. Provenance: Toshikata
Condition: Excellent impresson, color and condition. Slight trimming.
Literature: Keyes 418.5
Seal: Taiso and Toshikata (collector’s seal)