Artist: Toyohara Kunichika (豊原国周)

Print: Nakamura Shikan IV as the Priest Mongaku Shōnin in Mitate Nachi no taki Mongaku Shōnin (見立那智瀧文覚上人)

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Dates: 1875,created
Dimensions: 9.375 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Toyohara Kunichika hitsu
Artist's seal: toshidama
Publisher: Tsujiokaya Kamekichi
(Marks 549 - seal 24-034)
Carver: Watanabe Hori Ei
Date: 8/1875

Related links: Hagi Uragami Museum of Art; David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University; Lyon Collection - Toyoshige triptych of Mongaku by a waterfall;Lyon Collection - Kuniyoshi print of Mongaku under a waterfall;

Physical description:

Illustrated in color in Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) by Amy Reigle Newland, page 108.

"This print is from a group of six known prints. It portrays the 12th-century figure Endō Moritō doing penance under the Nachi waterfall after he accidentally murders his cousin and lover Kesa Gozen. As atonement he takes the tonsure, aussumes the name Mongaku Shōnin and begins a pilgrimage which includes doing penance under the icy waters of the Nachi falls. Kabuki playwrights later adopted the Mongaku story in [this] piece..."