- Museum number
Object: Koan yonnen shonen rieki Monko-gun haiboku 弘安四年上人利益濛コ軍敗北 (Nichiren's Destruction of the Mongol Fleet, 1281)
Series: Koso go-ichidai ryaku-zu 高祖御一代略圖 (Brief Illustrated History of Life of the Great Monk)
Colour woodblock print. Japanese and Mongolian soldiers fighting in storm on seacoast: Mongolian ships sinking in right; Japanese flags on land in left. Inscribed, signed, sealed and marked.
- Production date
- 19thC (c.)
Height: 37.20 centimetres
Width: 24.60 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)
The divine aid of the weather foiled the second attempted invasion of Japan by Kublai Khan (1281). Nichiren is popularly thought responsible for summoning the divine wind called ‘shimpū’, despite constantly preaching that Japan would be overthrown for ignoring his teaching.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
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