• Under a Freezing Waterfall

    11 days ago - By Gurney Journey

    This Japanese woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) shows a man sitting under a waterfall.
    Here's an explanation: "The priest Mongaku Shonin doing thirty-seven days penance under the freezing Nachi waterfall near Kyoto. He is helped by Fudo Myo-o's two attendants Seitaka and Kongara seen here top right. This act of self-mortification is because he accidentally killed his beloved cousin Kesa." Source of quote
    The water effects are stylized into four zones: 1. Vertical curtains of falling water.2. Radiating spray from his head.3. Splatters of foam in front of him.4. Blue billows...
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