Portrait of a Priest (Tokudô Shônin?), from an untitled album of prints from the Thirty-three Kannon Temples of the Saigoku Pilgrimage Route
Album page: 26 x 25.3 cm (10 1/4 x 9 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Hand colored and with gold
Not On View
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.
Gift of Robert T. Paine, Jr.