The Great Gracious Deity with Seven Faces Rescuing at Mt. Minobu, 1868
Ink on Paper
13 7/8 in. x 28 1/4 in. (352.43 mm x 717.55 mm)
Triptych; 3 panels not cojoined. Mt. Minobu and the god of great brightness: The holy man Nichiren (1222-1282) is shown at right on the slopes of Mt. Minobu, reciting the Lotus Sutra, a Buddhist text he claimed held the ultimate truth and protected the nation. Nichiren is calling on teh Daimyojin (god of great brightness) to protect the warrior Takeda Shingen (1521-1573), shown in the lower left, who guarded the mountain during the civil wars of the 16th century. Yoshitoshi has mixed historical figures together with fantastic creatures to evoke a sense of wonder at the many spirits that protect Japan. The print was issued at a time of political turmoil when the shogunate was overturned by Emperor Meiji.
On mat, in pencil: Marer 15. Signed: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi hitsu. Censor's seal: Aratame and date (Tatsu-hachi) on single seal.
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban; triptych.
Edo period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a battle scene with monsters; dark background. Triptych.
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