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Illustrated Gazetteer for Pilgrims, Edo period Japan

Illustrated Gazetteer for Pilgrims, Edo period Japan

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Woodcut

Date: 1791

Shelfmark: Oriental MS 16108.a.58

Item number: ff. 6v-7

Length: 17.5

Width: 23.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

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This work, entitled 'Kareki hana sakusha no seigan' and printed in 1791, is an example of the genre of popular fiction known in Japanese as 'kibyoshi' (yellow-cover books) which flourished in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and were often based on adaptations of Buddhist themes. These novels were aimed at a mass market and were woodblock-printed in large large numbers. This example is illustrated by the renowned 'ukiyo-e' artist Toyokuni.

Find out more about this manuscript and other sacred texts in Expressions of Faith.

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