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Hôsen-ji on Mount Kôchi in Shirayama, No. 24 of the Chichibu Pilgrimage Route (Chichibu junrei nijûyonban Shirayama Kôchisan Hôsen-ji), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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MFA impressions: 00.1156, 11.42641 The story of the Courtesan of Koigakubo (Koigakubo no yûjo).


秩父順礼第廿四番 白山 光智山法泉寺 天てらす神のはゝその色かえて  なほもぬりぬる雪のしら山 奉額 花と実のあひだを百合のしあむかな 恋ヶ窪の遊女 当山ハ越の泰澄毘盧遮那仏の/勅によつて加賀の白山を此所に勧請/せり本尊ハ天照太神の/御作といひ/伝ふるを誹る/ものあれども/毘盧遮那ハ/是日輪にまし/ませバ拠なき/にもあらず往昔/恋が窪の遊女口中の/病になやみて種々の良薬を/用ひたれどもさらに験(しるし)なかりしに/秩父の僧とて日々修行に来りしによく是に/手の内を施しけれバ一本の楊枝をあたへて/白山の観音を信じて此楊枝を用ひなバ/口中の煩ひたちまち愈べしと教えし/かバ歓びて客人の送りむかひにも忘るゝ/ことなく信心してかの楊枝をもつて口中を/そゝぎしかバ忽ち愈たりしかるがゆへ今も当寺/より/夢想の/楊枝を/出せバ/是を受て/利益を/蒙むる/もの/又少な/からず 万亭応賀誌 *(二代広重画)(二代国貞画)(横川彫竹)*安政六年未四月(1859)


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


Censor's seal: Goat 4 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 未四改 彫師: 彫竹


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), 4th 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