Originally at the Hachiman Shrine in Wakasa Province (now Fukui Prefecture). During the Edo period belonged to the Sakai family; 1923 sold at the Tokyo Art Club by Sakai Tadatae to Toda Yashichi the 2nd (1867-1930); 1932 Toda's son, Yashichi the 3rd (Toda Rosui, 1892-1942) sold the scroll to the MFA through Yamanaka & Company.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, by exchange
Minister Kibi's Trip to China
Kibi-daijin nittô emaki
Japanese, Heian period, 12th century
Overall (including endpapers, colophon and jiku): 36.5 x 780.1 cm (14 3/8 x 307 1/8 in.) Image: 32 x 599.7 cm (12 5/8 x 236 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Handscroll; ink, color, and gold on paper