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Warawadô at Eifuku-ji on Mount Seiyô, No. 22 of the Chichibu Pilgrimage Route (Chichibu junrei nijûniban Warawadô Seiyôzan Eifuku-ji), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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MFA impressions: 00.1157, 11.42639 The story of the Dog-man of Sanuki Province (Sanshû no hito inu to naru).

Inscription

秩父順礼第廿二番 童堂 西陽山栄福寺 極楽をこゝで見つけてワらハ堂  のちの世までもたのもしきかな 奉額 散る人を山やわらハん夕桜 讃州の人化犬(いぬとなる) 当山むかしハ此奥にありて/花台山といひしが延喜/十五年疱瘡流行し時/観音の託宣によつて/当所に移しけれバ童子/等が疱瘡疾に愈/その後も童子の病ひを/祈るに愈ざる者なきゆへ/童子堂といへり昔讃州に有徳の/農家ありしが慳貪吝嗇なれバ或時/飢たる行脚の僧来りて食を乞ども少しも/施さず糠あるを見てこれを乞どもあたへず余義なく/もつて一升をもとめ門前の犬の器に入れて犬を呼/けれバ此家の寵愛の忰犬のごとき声を発して走り/来りてこれを喰ふうちにさながら/犬のごとき面となる父母おどろきて/僧を拝して罪を悔がゆへ僧/その因果を示して此童子堂に/祈れとおしへて去ぬこれによつて/その父この犬を牽て四国西国坂東/の霊場を順拝して秩父に至り/当寺に詣て現罰を祈念しけれハ/三七日を経て元の身と/なりしハ不測の霊験なり 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 (above) 国貞画(年玉枠)、広重

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

11.42639

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints