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Saizen-ji on Mount Seitai, No. 8 of the Chichibu Pilgrimage Route (Chichibu junrei hachiban Seitaizan Saizen-ji), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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The story of the Singing Nenbutsu (Uta nenbutsu): Calling on the name of the Buddha with song and dance.


秩父順礼第八番 青苔山西善寺 たヾたのめまことのときはさいぜんじ  きたりむかへんみだの三尊 奉額 靡けとや弥陀の左右に花柳 唄念仏(うたねんぶつ) 当寺の本尊は/恵心僧都の/作にして又弥陀の/三尊もあり今はむかし/兵乱屡おこりて神社/仏閣も廃衰せしとき/一人の旅僧来りて/里人にむかひて/当寺の詠哥ハ何と/いふと聞々けれバ取あへず/大音に節をつけて唄ひおハりて/かくの如く面白くむかしハうたひて/順礼せしとおしゆ旅僧悦びてあら/かしこしその順礼哥ハ他に勝れ/たれバ忘るゝことなかれ最早/兵乱もしづまりて太平/に復し永く仏乗/起る也としめして失/せ給ふは是円通大士/の応化に在せバ/間もあらず/泰平となりて繁昌/すること不思議の/霊験なり 万亭応賀誌 *(二代広重画)(三代豊国画)(横川彫竹)*安政六年未四月(1859)


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (below); Hiroshige ga (above) 豊国画(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