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Dainichi Sutra (Dainichi kyô), from the series Collection of the Calligraphy of the Old Master of the Character “No” (Nonoji no okina shozukushi)

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The inscription on the scroll is not actually the text of the sutra but gives calendrical information on the long and short months for 1818 (long: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12; short: 3, 5, 8, 10, 11).


Gakutei hitsu 岳亭筆


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1818 (Bunsei 15)


Horizontal chûban; 21.2 x 27.3 cm (8 3/8 x 10 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper