Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1798-1861)




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An uncut fan print, Funa Benkei, “Benkei in a Boat.” Shows Yoshitsune’s boat fleeing from Kyoto and his brother Minamoto no Yorimoto. The boat encounters the ghosts of the slain Heike clan who rise from the waves. However, Benkei, by praying to the gods, is able to avert disaster and calm the storm. Benkei is seen with his rosary at the prow of the boat. Of the utmost rarity. Seemingly only two other impressions known: One illustrated in Kuniyoshi, Nikkei Inc, 2011, no. 47 and the other in Kuniyoshi, Juzo Suzuki, Heibonsha Ltd, no. 102. (The V. & A. copy.) These impressions also illustrated elsewhere. Published c. 1840.

 

Fine impression and colour. Restored binding holes at left edge and minimal soil at corners. Probably the best example extant. Signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga.

 

Status: Sold

 

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