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Mongaku Shonin Under the Waterfall (1860) - Fine Art Print

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    Every one of our prints is made using the Giclee printing process, for a museum-quality look and feel that does justice to the original art.

    Giclee printing is the gold-standard for preserving the meticulous detail and stunning colors that we love in the Japanese masters. All our prints are fade and fingerprint resistant, so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.

    We chose to offer 12”x18” (30cm x 45cm) as this was closest to the “chuban” size sheets used for woodblock prints historically.

    All of our prints come with matte finish for a more authentic appearance.

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  • About the Art

    The monk Mongaku Shonin does a harsh penance beneath an ice-cold waterfall. 

    The scene is taken from the legend of Endo Morito, Mongaku's secular name. 

    As Morito, he served as a samurai, guarding the imperial family in Kyoto. In his teenage years he fell in love with Kesa, the beautiful wife of his fellow samurai Watanabe Wataru. She rejected his persistent advances until one night she agreed to receive him in her house at night, where she said he would find her husband asleep in a room and kill him. 

    Morito did as she said. After plunging his sword into the shape in the bed however, Morito realized that he had killed the lady herself. She had put herself in her husband’s place to save her honor. 

    Morito, ashamed of his evil deed, became a monk and took the new name of Mongaku. As a harsh penance, he prayed under the waterfall of Nachi in Kumano in the winter for 21 days, reciting incantations to the deity Fudo Myoo (seen above him in the print). 

    It is said that at the point of freezing to death, Mongaku was rescued by the two attendants of Food Myoo, Kongara, and Seitaka, so that he could complete the three weeks of repentance.

    Kuniyoshi was a master of depicting water, in all its varied forms. Here we see 4 varieties of water in a single image, with the flat sheet of the falls, the splashing rays shining outward from Mongaku's head, the agitated waves around his feet and the frothing spray around him as it crashes against the rocks.

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    We're sure you'll love your prints. However, if there are any problems with the printing, we're happy to offer a free exchange or refund 100% of the purchase price. Simply return the print within 30 days. For full details of our refunds and exchanges policy click here.

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