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Sutoku, the Seventy-fifth Emperor Refusing to Receive the Priest Ennyo in Exile

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Sutoku, the Seventy-fifth Emperor Refusing to Receive the Priest Ennyo in Exile , 1880
Ink on Paper
13 1/8 in. x 8 13/16 in. (333.38 mm x 223.84 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.140


Alternate Title: Dai Nippon shiryaku zue: Dai shichijuroku dai Sutoku tenno
Full Title: Short Illustrated History of Great Japan: Sutoku, the Seventy-fifth Emperor Refusing to Receive the Priest Ennyo in Exile at the Island of Sanuki

Commentary
Triptych.

Marks
Japanese text printed in the upper right area of the right panel. Note with print: $500. Signed: Taiso Yoshitoshi. Artist's seal: Taiso. Carver: Watanabe Hori Ei. Seal in the lower left of the left panel; seals in the upper right and lower right of the right panel.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper; triptych.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock triptych print with an image of the Emperor, seated, in the center, and men on each side of him, bowing. Emperor Sutoku, the 75th sovereign reigning 1123-1142, conspired with the Minister of the Left Fujiwara no Yorinaga and others to overthrow his half-brother, Emperor Go-Shirakawa. Failing in his attempt he was exiled to Sanuki Province (now Kagawa Prefecture) where he died. In this print, he rejects the Priest Ennyo who comes to see him in exile.

Publisher
Kobayashi Tetsujiro.

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