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The Nine Luminaries and the Seven Stars


寛保三癸亥歳閏四月中旬令修鋪焉 慈光院入寺快辨(花押) [裏書] 七星九曜 (外題)


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

Kuyo shichi hoshi zu

Japanese, Muromachi period, 16th century

Catalogue Raisonné

Kajima Volume 1: Chapter 1, pg. 20: no. 126

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk