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Pilgrims Visiting the Shrine of Benten at Enoshima in Sagami Province

Pilgrims Visiting the Shrine of Benten at Enoshima in Sagami Province

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Utagawa Hiroshige

Associated with Benten, the god of Wisdom, the shrine caves off the coast of Enoshima are thronged by women at ebb tide, when a land bridge emerges from the ocean. They may come to pray for love—Benten is said to have subdued a dragon who had terrorized the vicinity by eating children; she married the monster, putting an end to its rampages.
Artist
Utagawa Hiroshige
(Japanese, 1797 - 1858)
Title
Pilgrims Visiting the Shrine of Benten at Enoshima in Sagami Province
Date
ca. 1850
Medium
Color woodcut
Dimensions
365 x 758 mm Overall
Credit
Bequest of John H. Van Vleck
Accession No.
1980.2207a-c
Classification
Prints
Geography
Japan

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25 June 1920, purchased from a dealer (New Rochelle, NY) by Edward Burr Van Vleck (Madison, WI); 1943, passed through inheritance to Edward’s son, John H. Van Vleck (Madison, WI); 9 January 1980, bequeathed by John H. Van Vleck to the Elvehjem Museum of Art [now called Chazen Museum of Art]

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