Original woodblock print, Kuchi-e - Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908) - Empress Taira no Tokuko (平徳子) frontispiece of the novel "The Jakkoin Temple" (寂光院) - 1901
The Empress Taira no Tokuko (平徳子), depicted here in Heian (平安) style with long black hair falling on a magnificent junihitoe (十二単) kimono, became a nun after the death of her five-year-old son in the naval battle of Dannoura (壇ノ浦の戦い). The artist Mizuno Toshikata (水野年方) creates a strong duality with the sumptuousness of the figure in the foreground and, in the background, the simplicity of the ascetic life that she would lead with two other nuns in a hermitage in the northern outskirts of Kyoto (京都).
The kuchi-e (口絵) type woodblock print was made as a frontispiece of the novel entitled "The Jakkoin Temple" (寂光院) by the writer Miyake Seiken (三宅青軒).
The work, printed in 1901 by the Hakubunkan (博文館) publishing house for the vol. 7 n. 3 of the famous literary magazine Bungei Kurabu (文芸倶楽部), despite some small stains is in good condition.
The woodblock print will be well-packaged and shipped by registered mail with a tracking code.
- Kuchi-e, Original woodblock print
- Woodblock print
- Washi paper
- Region/ Country of origin
- Artist/ Maker
- Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908)
- Theme/ depiction
- Title of artwork
- Empress Taira no Tokuko (平徳子) frontispiece of the novel "The Jakkoin Temple" (寂光院)
- Good condition, see description
- 22×30×0 cm