A print by the Japanese Ukiyo-E
that portrays the ruthless leader Kiyomori
of the Taira
clan and virtual ruler of Japan during the second half of the twelfth century. Kiyomori is said to have looked out upon his garden at Fukuhara and seen all the trees and shrubs turn into the skulls and skeletons of the countless men he had killed.
The print is divided into three sections. The leftmost sections is the garden, which at first glance, appears to be a snow-capped garden scene drawn in the same manner as bulbous, snow-covered Japanase houses common to the Ukiyo-E style. Upon closer examination, every element of the garden appears to be composed of skeleton parts. The center section shows Kiyomori unsheathing his sword from underneath a very detailed Kimino, that is highlighted by large woven medallions of moths and crossbones. The visage
of Kiyomori is said to be that of Nakamura Utayemon IV
(1845), a famous Japanese actor who played the role of Kiyomori. The rightmost section has Kiyomori's wife turning aback from horrifc scene, seated on the deck of Fukuhara which disappears into the horizon.