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Woodblock print with hand-colouring. Legends concerning birth of Buddha and his early days: including his sprinkling with water by two dragons and pointing to heaven and declaring his own greatness. Date printed with different block. Inscribed and sealed.
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Height: 57.50 centimetres
Width: 42.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Following the birth of the Buddha from the side of his mother Maya, he was bathed by two dragons and then took seven steps to the north. Stylistically the print derives from the Kano school and may have been used in connection with ceremonies of washing a statue of the Buddha on the 8th day of the 4th month.
(label copy, TTC, 1998)
Legends concerning the birth of the Buddha and his early days are shown together, including his sprinkling with water by two dragons, and the 'Seven Steps' taken immediately following his birth when he pointed to heaven and declared his own greatness. The date is printed with a different block, so the print itself may be earlier, the date being changed each year to celebrate the Buddha's birthday on the eighth day of the fourth month. This is not strictly a 'Ukiyoe' print at all. Its artist, known from the seal as Hironobu, was probably a member of the official Kano School of painters, but he clearly cannot be the Kano Hironobu known to have lived in the early eighteenth century.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007 Oct 10-2008 Feb 17, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2011 Feb 14- Jun 13, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
2011 Jun- 2011 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
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- Associated Event: Birth of Buddha
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