Hôsen-ji on Mount Kôchi in Shirayama, No. 24 of the Chichibu Pilgrimage Route (Chichibu junrei nijûyonban Shirayama Kôchisan Hôsen-ji), from the series Miracles of Kannon (Kannon reigenki)

「観音霊験記 秩父巡礼 二十四番 白山(しらやま) 光智山(こうちさん) 法泉寺(ほうせんじ)」

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) (Japanese, 1826–1869), Publisher Yamadaya Shôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.8 x 24.3 cm (13 11/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42641

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1156, 11.42641

The story of the Courtesan of Koigakubo (Koigakubo no yûjo).

Inscription

秩父順礼第廿四番 白山 光智山法泉寺

天てらす神のはゝその色かえて
 なほもぬりぬる雪のしら山

奉額 花と実のあひだを百合のしあむかな

恋ヶ窪の遊女

当山ハ越の泰澄毘盧遮那仏の/勅によつて加賀の白山を此所に勧請/せり本尊ハ天照太神の/御作といひ/伝ふるを誹る/ものあれども/毘盧遮那ハ/是日輪にまし/ませバ拠なき/にもあらず往昔/恋が窪の遊女口中の/病になやみて種々の良薬を/用ひたれどもさらに験(しるし)なかりしに/秩父の僧とて日々修行に来りしによく是に/手の内を施しけれバ一本の楊枝をあたへて/白山の観音を信じて此楊枝を用ひなバ/口中の煩ひたちまち愈べしと教えし/かバ歓びて客人の送りむかひにも忘るゝ/ことなく信心してかの楊枝をもつて口中を/そゝぎしかバ忽ち愈たりしかるがゆへ今も当寺/より/夢想の/楊枝を/出せバ/是を受て/利益を/蒙むる/もの/又少な/からず

万亭応賀誌

*(二代広重画)(二代国貞画)(横川彫竹)*安政六年未四月(1859)

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (below); Hiroshige ga (above)

国貞画(年玉枠)、広重画

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:未四改
彫師:彫竹

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