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Araki, No. 4 of the Chichibu Pilgrimage Route (Chichibu junrei yonban Araki), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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The story of Araki Tange.

Inscription

秩父順礼第四番 荒木 あらたかにまへりておがむくわん世音  二世安楽と誰も祈らん 奉額 やがて咲花ぬくめんと落葉かれ 荒木丹下  此所に住荒木丹下といふ者ハ賢貪邪智/因果の道理を知らねバ寡孤独を/恵まづたゞ悪行をのみ業とせしが/一時一人の順礼門前に彳ミて/手のうちを乞 けれバ姦 や予 /晝寐 を妨 げしいで手 のうちを/報謝 せんと立出 順礼の柄杓を/奪ひ取て吾手のうちハ是こふぞと/打擲けど順礼ハいかるいろもなく施し/なくバ言葉にても済べきに手にも/足ざる者をかく/打擲くとハ情なしと/いふに丹下いよいよ怒りてそも/我国ハ神国にて一粒/の米だに神の宝/なるを仏徒の者/にあに/施さんやとくとく立去れと攻れバ正なき/ことを言な人ハ神の性なれバ吾もその/うちなるを左程/神を尊もの/吾を打擲する/いハれなし天子/ハ民の父母に/ハ有ずや/施しうけ/ざれバ我飢/死せん/仏ハ/自他/平等と/説給へり/と言/夫より/いちいち利を/詰けれバ丹下一言もなく発/起して此観世音を深く/信じて大善人と/なりたるハ不思/議の霊験/なり 万亭応賀誌 *(二代広重画)(二代国貞画)*安政六年未五月(1859)

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (below); Hiroshige ga (above) 国貞画(年玉枠)、広重画

Marks

Censor's seal: Goat 5 aratame No blockcutter's mark

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1859 (Ansei 6), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum, http://homepage2.nifty.com/ukiyo-e/index.html

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.8 x 24.3 cm (13 11/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42621

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints