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Jôrin-ji, No. 17 of the Chichibu Pilgrimage Route (Chichibu junrei jûshichiban Jôrin-ji), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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The story of Hayashi Tarô Sadamoto, a retainer of Mibu no Yoshikado (Mibu no Yoshikado no shin).


秩父順礼第十七番 定林寺持丹生氏 あらましをちかひ定めし林寺  鐘きゝあへず夢ぞさめける 奉額 たのしみは宵にもあるや花の夢 壬生良門の臣 林太郎定元 東国無双の勇士壬生良門の忠臣/定元は主の剛悪を諫めて/家財を没収せられ当所に/知音あれバ遙々/爰に来りしところ/其者ハはや失ぬと/聞て当惑このうへ/なく余義なくその/辺の家にたどりて/労れを休らひけるうち/妻は長途の労れに身の行さきを/あんじてや終に身まかり/定元かなしミにたへずや/ありけん三日へだちて/共に草葉の/露と消て/跡に三歳の/子を遺し/けるが空照と/いふ沙門それを/深くあハれみて/養ひ育てよき/武士に仕へさせんことを/観音に祈りけれバふしぎとある日/良門のに出たるに出合これハ/しかじかなる者の/子といへば良門/歎息して吾忠臣の定元を/失ふことを後に悔ミぬ今より/彼を林源太/良元と/名付て旧領を/授け父の功を賞すなりと命じ両人を/館に連て厚くもてなし自ら法華経を書/写して定元/夫婦の菩/提の為その/塚の傍に一宇を建て/定元の性名をかた/どりて則定林寺/とす其後観音を/安置して/順礼の/霊地とハ/なれり 万亭応賀誌 *(二代広重画)(二代国貞画)*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 24.2 cm (13 11/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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