Art

Pair of Narrative Handscrolls: Illustrated History of the Yûzû-nembutsu Sect (Yûzû-nembutsu engi)

Scroll 1: section 5 illustration - All-night nembutsu vigil at Kuruma-dera (while Bishamon hovers)

Scroll 1: section 1 text (partial)

Scroll 1: section 1 illustration 1 - Ryônin undergoes religious training on Mt. Hiei

Scroll 1: section 1 illustration 2 - Ryônin pilgrimage to Mudô-ji and on retreat at Ohara

Scroll 1: section 2 text

Scroll 1: section 2 illustration - Amida appears while Ryônin dozes

Scroll 1: section 3 text and illustration (1) - Ryônin soliciting pledges of nembutsu recitation

Scroll 1: section 3 illustration (2) - Ryônin soliciting pledges of nembutsu recitation

Scroll 1: section 3 illustration (3) - Ryônin soliciting pledges of nembutsu recitation

Scroll 1: section 3 illustration (4) - Ryônin soliciting pledges of nembutsu recitation

Scroll 1: section 4 text

Scroll 1: section 4 illustration (1) - Bishamon, disguised as a monk, visits Ryônin

Scroll 1: section 4 illustration (2) - Bishamon-ten in real guise and disguised as a monk

Scroll 1: section 4 illustration (3) - above the rooftops of Kuruma-dera

Scroll 1: section 5 text

Scroll 1: section 6 text (1) - List of heavenly beings and gods presented by Bishamon-ten to be included in register

Scroll 1: section 6 text (2) - List of heavenly beings and gods presented by Bishamon-ten to be included in register

Scroll 1: section 6 text (3) - List of gods and a pledge by Kitano Tenjin supporters

Scroll 1: section 6 illustration (1) - Deities and gods in clouds

Scroll 1: section 6 illustration (2) - Deities and gods in clouds

Scroll 1: section 6 illustration (3) - Shrines of native gods

Scroll 1: section 6 illustration (4) - Shrines of native gods

Scroll 1: section 7 text (1)

Scroll 1: section 7 text (2)

Scroll 1: section 7 text (3)

Scroll 1: section 7 illustration - Even birds and animals join the faith

Scroll 1: sections 8 and 9 combined text (no illustration)

Scroll 2: section 2 illustration (1) - Emperor Gotoba-in participates in nembutsu recitations

Scroll 2: section 2 illustration (2) - Emperor Gotoba-in participates in nembutsu recitations

Scroll 2: section 2 text

Scroll 2: section 2 illustration (1) - The Imperial Princess, a nun in Koryo-ji, receives nembutsu teachings

Scroll 2: section 2 illustration (2) - The Imperial Princess, a nun in Kôryô-ji, receives nembutsu teachings

Scroll 2: section 3 text

Scroll 2: section 3 illustration 1 - Daughter of Governor Michizune becomes a nun

Scroll 2: section 3 illustration 1 - detail

Scroll 2: section 3 illustration 2 - The nun passes away while facing west

Scroll 2: section 3 illustration 2 - detail

Scroll 2: section 4 text and illustration (1) - Priest Shingen's parents are escorted to Paradise

Scroll 2: section 4 illustration (2) - Chestnut tree (a symbol of Paradise) and Descent of Amida

Scroll 2: section 4 illustration (3) - Descent of Amida

Scroll 2: section 4 illustration (4) - Priest Shingen dreams of the Descent of Amida

Scroll 2: section 5 text and illustration - Nun of Aoki joins nembutsu believers reborn in Paradise

Scroll 2: section 5 illustration - detail

Scroll 2: section 6 text and illustration

Scroll 2: section 6 text and illustration (1) - Wife of cowherd saved from death in childbirth after joining nembutsu faith

Scroll 2: section 6 illustration (2) - Wife of cowherd saved from death in childbirth after joining nembutsu faith

Scroll 2: section 7 text

Scroll 2: section 7 illustration 1 (part 1) - Hell scene

Scroll 2: section 7 illustration 1 (part 2) - Wife of low-ranking monk suffers judgement in hell

Scroll 2: section 7 illustration 2 (part 1) - Wife is released, thanks to nembutsu reciting on her behalf

Scroll 2: section 7 illustration 2 (part 2) - Exhausted wife relaxes and spreads word of miracle

Scroll 2: section 7 illustration 2 (part 2) - detail

Scroll 2: section 8 text 1 (part 1)

Scroll 2: section 8 text 1 (part 2)

Scroll 2: section 8 illustration 1 - Family of squire in Yono gathered around Amida

Scroll 2: section 8 illustration 1 - detail 1

Scroll 2: section 8 illustration 1 - detail 2

Scroll 2: section 8 illustration 2 (part 1) - Demons of plague and pestilence meet a squire; family spared

Scroll 2: section 8 illustration 2 (part 2) - Demons of plague and pestilence

Scroll 2: section 8 illustration 3 - Despite presence of priests, daughter in another village who had not signed nembutsu register dies

Scroll 2: section 8 illustration 3 - detail

Scroll 2: section 8 text 2 - Verses, including those from Kamuryô-ju sutra

Scroll 2: section 8 illustration 4 - Radiating Amida

Scroll 2: section 8 text 2 - Colophon (1)

Scroll 2: section 8 text 2 - Colophon (2)

Scroll 2: section 9 text (1)

Scroll 2: section 9 text (2)

Scroll 2: section 9 text (3)

Scroll 2: section 9 text (4)

Scroll 2: section 9 illustration (1) - The Great Nembutsu ceremony at Seiryô-ji

Scroll 2: section 9 illustration (2) - The Great Nembutsu ceremony at Seiryô-ji

Scroll 2: section 9 illustration (3) - The Great Nembutsu ceremony at Seiryô-ji

Scroll 2: section 9 text conintued (5)

Scroll 2: section 9 text (6)

Scroll 2: section 9 text (7)

Scroll 2: section 9 text (8), dated colophon, and dealer's seal

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Japanese (active 15th century)
Pair of Narrative Handscrolls: Illustrated History of the Yûzû-nembutsu Sect (Yûzû-nembutsu engi), Muromachi period, dated 1471
Transliterated Title: Yûzû-nembutsu engi
Painting
, Handscroll
Japanese
,
15th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Japan
Pair of handscrolls: ink, color and gold on paper
H. 30.4 x W. (total of two scrolls) 3105.7 cm (11 15/16 x 1222 11/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of the Hofer Collection of the Printed and Graphic Arts of Asia in honor of Mathias Komor
, 1973.68
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Bibliography
John M. Rosenfield and Fumiko Cranston, The Courtly Tradition in Japanese Art and Literature: Selections from the Hofer and Hyde Collections, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1973), Cat. No. 93 / pp. 276-278

John M. Rosenfield, The Japanese Courtier: Painting, Calligraphy, and Poetry from the Fogg Art Museum, the Philip Hofer Collection (With a Complementary Selection of Lacquers and Other Arts of Japan from the Collection of F. Bailey Vanderhoef, Jr.), exh. cat., Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA, 1980), Cat. No. 50 / pp. 72-73

Margaret Miller Kanada, "The Fogg Museum's Fifteenth Century Illustrated Handscroll of the Yuzunembutsu Engi", Kokka (Tokyo, Japan, 1984), No. 1073, pp. 7-36

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), Cat. #54 / p. 53

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