Description As monks chant by the side of a river, a vision of the famous courtesan Eguchi appears on the water before them. Eguchi and two young women stand in the gorgeous attire of courtesans within a framework barge that represents a floating brothel. It is revealed to the monks, through song and dance, that Eguchi is in fact an incarnation of a Buddhist deity, the Bodhisattva Fugen. Eguchi extols Buddhist virtues: Once man has attained detachment, The fleeting world exists no more; Lovers no longer Are anxiously waited for when night falls; No more the grief of parting. Spring flowers and autumn leaves, Moon and snow-all cease to move him.
Provenance Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1989, by gift.
Inscriptions [Signature] Kogyo
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1989
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