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The Innermost Temple of Koyasan

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1987,0316,0.394

  • Title (object)

    • The Innermost Temple of Koyasan
  • Description

    Monochrome woodblock print. Temple scene in Mount Koya, with stone monuments to past priests and huge forest cypresses and cryptomerias. Inscribed, signed and sealed.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1941
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42.8 centimetres
    • Width: 51.1 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        lower margin
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Koyasan Oku no in
      • Inscription Comment

        in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        lower margin
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Un'ichi Hiratsuka
      • Inscription Comment

        in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        bottom left
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Un
      • Inscription Comment

        artist's seal on image
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        lower margin
      • Inscription Language

        Arabic
      • Inscription Content

        1941
      • Inscription Comment

        in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Comment

        seal of Vergez Collection
  • Curator's comments

    Smith 1994
    Mount Koya in the depths of the mountains in Wakayama Prefecture is the generic name for a group of temples of the Shingon School of Buddhism, originally founded in AD 819 by Japan's most revered Buddhist patriarch Kobo Daishi (774-835). Hiratsuka was turning at this time to the larger monochrome prints which were to become the most noticeable aspect of his output, distinguished by their perfect balance of black and white. The artist was evidently attracted by Koyasan, a central symbol of Japanese peace and spirituality, at a time of approaching strife and disaster.

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith 1994 23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2016 Oct - 2017 Apr, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1987

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1987,0316,0.394

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