Ishiyama Temple (Translation)
Eight Views of Omi (Series Title)
近江八景の内 石山寺 木版画 大正6年 (Primary Title)
Moon Over Ishiyama Temple (Donor's Title)

Ito Shinsui 伊東深水, Japanese, 1898 - 1972 (Artist)
Published by, Watanabe Shōzaburō 渡邊庄三郎, Japanese, 1885 - 1962 (Publisher)

Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Overall: 12 5/8 × 8 1/2 in. (32.07 × 21.59 cm)
Mat: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
Not on view

The Ishiyama Temple is a Shingon Buddhist temple located on the hillside by the Seta River, south of Lake Biwa. The temple was founded in the 8th century and dedicated to Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. In the Heian period (794–1185), it attracted emperors, royal families, and nobles from Kyoto for worship and prayer. Here, Shinsui presents an evening view of a humble temple hall atop a thatched roof standing by a pine tree, while a full moon and shining stars dot the dark sky. Legend told that Murasaki Shikibu conceived the concept of the Tale of Genji during her stay at the temple in 1004.

Shin-hanga 新版画
12/200 (摺刷二百枚限之內 第十二番)
Taisho period (1912-1926)
深水 Shinsui
Publisher's seal on verso
近江八景の内 石山寺 大正六年十二月 (Eight Views of Omi, Ishiyamadera Temple, Taisho 6, 12th month)
René and Carolyn Balcer Collection

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