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The Origins of the Kinryuzan Temple at Asakusa

Woodblock Print
ca. 1845-1846 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This 'uchiwa-e' (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige illustrates a Japanese legend. It concerns some fishermen who caught a miniature statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, in their net. Here she is identified by the rays of a halo emanating from the waters of the Sumida River. The village headman recognised the divinity of the statue and rebuilt his house as a temple dedicated to it. He thereby established what later became the Asakusa Kannon or Kinryuzan Sensoji Temple in Edo (modern Tokyo). This event allegedly took place in 628, the last year of the reign of Empress Suiko.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleA Compendium of Historical Sites in Edo (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Colour print from woodblocks
Brief Description
Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'The Origins of the Kinryuzan Temple at Asakusa', from the series 'A Compendium of Historical Sites in Edo'; fan print, Japanese, about 1845-1846
Physical Description
Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Ibaya Kyubei.
Dimensions
  • Approx. height: 220mm
  • Approx. width: 290mm
Style
Summary
This 'uchiwa-e' (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige illustrates a Japanese legend. It concerns some fishermen who caught a miniature statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, in their net. Here she is identified by the rays of a halo emanating from the waters of the Sumida River. The village headman recognised the divinity of the statue and rebuilt his house as a temple dedicated to it. He thereby established what later became the Asakusa Kannon or Kinryuzan Sensoji Temple in Edo (modern Tokyo). This event allegedly took place in 628, the last year of the reign of Empress Suiko.
Collection
Accession Number
E.528-1911

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record createdNovember 20, 2003
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