Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

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A poem by the celebrated poet Sutoku-in from the series Hyakunin isshu no uchi, “One Hundred Poems for One Hundred Poets” which was compiled in 1235 by Fujiwara Teiki (1162-1241). Shows the exiled Emperor Sutoku (1119-64) standing on a rocky outcrop above turbulent rapids. His wrath causes a thunderstorm with lightening. One of the very best designs from the set. Published by Ebisuya Shoshichi, Ebine, 1840-42. Only 58 of the 100 prints are known. Various translations of the poem exist, here is one:


Because the current is swift
Even though the rapids
Blocked by a boulder
Are divided, like them, in the end
We will surely meet, I know


Very fine impression. Fine colour. Very good condition. Signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga.


Status: Available


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