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Kannon-in at Jukutsusan, No. 31 of the Chichibu Pilgrimage Route (Chichibu junrei sanjûichiban Chichibu Jukutsusan Kannon-in), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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The story of Honda Jirô Chikatsune, a Retainer (Shin) of Chichibu Shigetada.

Inscription

秩父順礼第三拾一番 鷲屈山観音院 みやま路をかきわけ尋ねゆきミれバ  わしのいわ屋にひゞく滝つせ 奉額 木からしや仏を囲ふ屏風岩 秩父重忠臣本多次郎親常 秩父の重忠/霊夢の告によつて/当山に田獵をせしに/遥の梢に鷲の巣に/篭れるを見つけて/親常に命じて/射さしめしに其/矢一本としてあだ矢/なく当るといへどもミな/はね反るがゆへ重忠ふしぎに/思ひてその巣を取おろさせて/見けれバ巣のうちに聖観音の/尊像れいれいとして在せしかバ霊夢を/感得して郷民にこれを拝さすれバ古へ/当山に寺院これありて行基の刻せし/観音の霊像ありしが承平五年相馬の/将門の兵乱に国中の神社仏閣/廃壊に及びしと古老の/物語これあれバあら有/がたやふしぎや是こそその/尊像にましませりといふをもて重忠/いよいよ信じて急ぎ御堂を建立してより重忠の/一門残らず帰依しけれバ其霊験また鏡にむかふが/如くなりしとぞ当山の奥の院に重忠の/馬繋親常の矢の跡なぞといふ/旧跡あげてかぞへがたし 万亭応賀誌 *(二代広重画)(二代国貞画)*安政六年未五月(1859)

Signed

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

Marks

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

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1859 (Ansei 6), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum, http://homepage2.nifty.com/ukiyo-e/index.html

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.8 x 24.2 cm (13 11/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.42648

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints