The Goddess Benzaiten Appearing to Taira Kiyomori
By Totoya Hokkei
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Edition size: n/a
Sheet size: 21,2 x 18,1 cm
Fine impression, with karazuri, metallic print and burnished black. Fine colour and condition.
The poems are by Raikyutei Kazutaka, Hinanoya Shunshi/Haruku and Yayopian Hinamaru.
The surimono depicts Kiyomori, of the Taira clan, at the Itsukushima shrine, while the Goddess Benten appears to him. The warlord Taira no Kiyomori rebuilt at his expenses the shrine in 1168. In the print Benten, the Goddess of arts and her assistant float on gauffraged clouds; silver sparks the waves below.
Other impressions of the surimono are at the Harvard Art Museums (1933.4.1917)
and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (accession number 11.21074).
Another one, from the Fogg Museum, is reproduced in: Surimono, Prints by Elbow, by Edythe Polster and Alfred H. Marks, Washington 1980; cat. no. 177.