Scenes from the Life of Nichiren Shônin: Contest of Faith with a Levitating Rock, at Komuroyama on the 28th Day of the 5th Month, 1274 (Bun'ei jûichi nen gogatsu nijûhachinichi komuroyama hôronseki no zu); Amulets That Counteract Poison (Dokukeshi no gofû

日蓮聖人一代記 「文永十一年五月廿八日小室山法論石之図」

Japanese
Edo period


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 × 25.2 cm (14 5/16 × 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41250

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The upper scene is based on a print by Yoshitora’s teacher Kuniyoshi around 1835-6; the lower scene is apparently Yoshitora’s own composition.
The amulets that counteract poison were made by Nichiren to save a white dog that had eaten the poisoned ricecakes meant for him, in another incident that occured in the 5th month of 1274.
 毒消し秘妙符の由来」によりますと、護符

Signed

Môsai Yoshitora ga
孟斎芳虎画

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
改印:なし
彫師:なし
版元:なし

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