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Yanodô at Kannon-ji on Mount Yôkô, No. 21 of the Chichibu Pilgrimage Route (Chichibu junrei nijûichiban Yanodô Yôkôzan Kannon-ji), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

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MFA impressions: 00.1153, 11.42638 The story of the divine arrows of the Hachiman Shrine (Hachimangû no shinteki).


秩父順礼第廿一番 矢の堂 要光山観音寺 あづさ弓射る矢の堂に詣できて  願ひし法にあたる嬉しさ 奉額 蛍火や風には消ぬ貧の灯 八幡宮の神鏑 当所ハ原/八幡宮の社地/にて行基菩/薩来りけ/るとき八幡宮勅して/観音の像を/神木もて作らしむ/茲におゐて/この辺の邪/神悪魔/ども仏地と/なれバ吾々が/住所なしと/大に怒りて/各得物を/携へて/虚空を轟/かし火を降して/暴わたりけれバ八幡/宮武甲山におもむき/玉ひて/荒振神々をうな/がし玉ひて邪神どもを/追しめ給ふ時に八幡/宮の放/ち玉ふ/御矢/一々魔/族をつらぬきて/茲に落たるを/もつて矢の堂/と号け今に/霊験あら/たなること/まゝあり 万亭応賀誌 *(二代広重画)(二代国貞画)*安政六年未五月(1859)


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


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


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), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum,; Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Ukiyoeshitachi no shinbutsu (1999), #14


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