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Dusk at Numazu: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This print illustrates travelers approaching the town of Numasu, near Mt. Fuji, just as the full moon rises on the horizon. One of the travelers is a pilgrim journeying to (or returning from) Kompira Shrine on Shikoku Island. The shrine is dedicated to the deity Omono-nushi-no-Mikoto, a patron saint of seafarers. The shrine is located high atop Mt. Kotohira, and hence was a popular destination of <i>yamabushi</i>, wandering priests who venerate mountains. In the popular imagination, <i>yamabushi</i> became associated with <i>tengu</i>, mythical birdlike creatures that live deep in mountain forests. Hence, this print shows a pilgrim dressed in white carrying a portable shrine on his back that has been adorned with a <i>tengu</i> mask, believed to offer talismanic protection.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: March 10, 2009