- Museum number
Object: Sashu rukei Kakuta nami daimoku 佐州流刑角田波題目 (Banishment to Sado Island: Sutra Title on the Waves at Kakuta)
Series: Koso go-ichidai ryaku-zu 高祖御一代略圖 (Brief Illustrated History of Life of the Great Monk)
Woodblock print. Nichiren calming storm on his way to Sado; with large waves. Inscribed, sealed, marked and signed.
- Production date
- 1835 (c.)
Height: 37.30 centimetres
Width: 24 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Monk Nichiren (1222-1282) was the founder of a major sect
of Japanese Buddhism that bears his name. All ten designs
are displayed from series which treats major episodes in
his life in an essentially historical manner. The series
includes some of Kuniyoshi's most memorable landscapes.
(label copy, TTC, 1998)
Following the insurgency of his ‘samurai’ followers in support of his opposition to the government and other sects, Nichiren was arrested and condemned to death in 1271. Exiled to Sado Island instead when the execution was miraculously averted, he is here shown calming the waves among which can be discerned a horizontal row of characters forming the words ‘Namu Myōhō Rengekyō’, his invocation to the ‘Lotus Sūtra’.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 Mar 21-Jun 7, London, Royal Academy, 'Kuniyoshi'
2010 12 Mar-13 Jun, New York, Japan Society, ‘Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. MillerCollection’
- Acquisition date
- Registration number