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Maker(s):Kubota Beisen
Culture:Japanese (1852-1906)
Title:Blind Priest
Date Made:1852-1906
Type:Print
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); sumizuri-e, ink on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Housing: 24 in x 20 in; 61 cm x 50.8 cm; Sheet/Image: 17 in x 11 1/2 in; 43.2 cm x 29.2 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Beisen hitsu]; INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, [ill.]].
Accession Number:  MH 1963.92.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louise K. Howe (Class of 1957)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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Description:
Biwahoshi: a blind itinerant priest who makes a living by playing the lute (biwa, wore on the back) and reciting the epic tale of the Heike. A puppy (or mouse?) nips at his heels.

Tags:
dogs; animals; musical instruments

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