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Iwamadera in Ômi Province, No.12 of the Saikoku Pilgrimage Route (Saikoku junrei jûniban Ômi Iwamadera), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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The story of the poet Bashô, also called Tôsei (Bashô okina tôsei).

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第十二番 近江岩間寺 みなかみは いづくなるらん岩間寺 きしうつ波かまつ風の音 本尊 千手観音 開基 泰澄大師 芭蕉翁桃青 芭蕉翁常に観音経を信じ/ことに此岩間寺の薩たを念じて閑素幽棲の風流を志せしかば/終にその霊験を蒙りて末代に名を天下にかがやかせり/紫式部は此辺の石山寺の観音にこもりて持念し/源氏物語の秀著あり/芭蕉翁は/この山つづき国分山に三年の間住みて/幻住庵の記をかかれ/一夏九旬に法華二十八品を一石に一字づつ書んと思いて/里の童たちに小石を拾はせ/携へ来るものには/その賃にとて菓子なぞを与へけるゆへ/童たちは翁を慕ひあつまりて/既にその功達し/其記文のおくによむ/「先たのむ椎の木もあり夏木立」ばせを

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Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (below); Hiroshige ga (above) 豊国画(年玉枠)

Marks

Censor's seal: (cut off of this impression) Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: (裁断不明) 彫師: 彫竹

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock

Japanese, Edo period, 1859 (Ansei 6)

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum, http://homepage2.nifty.com/ukiyo-e/index.html; Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga (2004), #29-12

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 23.6 cm (14 1/8 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1148

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints