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Goga-dera on Mount Ogawa, No. 5 of the Chichibu Pilgrimage Route (Chichibu junrei goban Ogawasan Goga-dera), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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The story of Honma Magohachi.


秩父順礼第五番 小川山語歌寺 父母のめぐみもふかき語哥の堂  大慈大悲の誓ひたのもし 奉額 慈悲の眼に捨る草なし露の秋 本間孫八 当寺の大檀那孫八ハ其家富貴なれども/かゝる辺鄙に生れて和歌の道を知らされバ/これを深く悲しみて此堂に通夜をし和歌の/道を祈りければふしぎと旅僧来りて共に/通夜をし終夜歌の奥儀を語り又片岡/山の化人の歌を講じなぞして暁にハかき消す/やうに失けるゆへ孫八旅僧ハ救世大士の応化/なることを知つて則語歌堂と名づけぬまた/信濃国の綿づミの老女娘を魔鳥に捕ハれて/心狂ひながら此本尊を祈りけれバ/二十八部衆に命じて取反し/あたへ玉ふがゆへ俗に子反の/観音ともいへり 万亭応賀誌 *(二代広重画)(二代国貞画)*安政六年未五月(1859)


Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (below); Hiroshige (above) 国貞画(年玉枠)、広重


Censor's seal: Goat 5 aratame No blockcutter's mark


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1859 (Ansei 6), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum,


Vertical ôban; 34.8 x 24.3 cm (13 11/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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