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The Burning Cauldron, a section from the Hell Scrolls

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Other: The work is accompanied by one kiwame authentication document and three other documents. また別所あり、なをは(銅?)釜所/といふ、むかしひとにむまれて、いけ/るものをなやまし、人をくるし/めしむくひに、この地獄におつ、/このところに獄卒つみひとを/とらへて、あかゝねのなへにいれて、/したに火をたきて(こ?)れをい(る?)、/罪人身分こかれとをりて、苦患/しのひかたし、 [詞書]


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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, Heian period, 12th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 1, pg. 6: no. 8


Overall: 30 x 106.5 cm (11 13/16 x 41 15/16 in.) Image: 25.6 x 52 cm (10 1/16 x 20 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Section from a handscroll; ink and color on paper