Portrait of a Courtier (Emperor Kazan?), from an untitled album of prints from the Thirty-three Kannon Temples of the Saigoku Pilgrimage Route

西国三十三所おふだ帖 公家の肖像

Japanese
Edo period
19th century
Artist Unknown, Japanese


Dimensions

Album page: 26 x 25.3 cm (10 1/4 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.60.14.1

Medium or Technique

Hand colored and with gold

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From an album of 33 small prints and two paintings, RES.60.14.1-35. The prints appear to have been collected from each of the temples on the pilgrimage route; embellished with colors and metallic pigments, probably in a professional workshop; and then gathered together into an album. The small paintings of a priest at the end of the album and a courtier at the beginning may represent respectively Tokudô Shônin, who established the pilgrimage route in the 8th century, and Emperor Kazan, who rediscovered it in the 10th century; or they may represent a priest and a patron closer in time to the compilation of the album.

Signed

Unsigned
無款

Credit Line

Gift of Robert T. Paine, Jr.