Description Crazed by grief, a mother searches for her kidnapped child, only to discover that he died a year earlier at the spot beside the Sumida River that she has just reached. Brought to a grassy mound by a willow tree, under which the child was buried, she is asked by the villagers to lead their prayers to Amida Buddha. While they are chanting, the child repeatedly appears before her eyes. Mother: Is it you, my child? Ghost: Is it you, my mother? Chorus: And as she seeks to grasp it by the hand, The shape begins to fade away; The vision fades and reappears And stronger grows her yearning. Day breaks in the eastern sky. The ghost has vanished; What seemed her boy Is but a grassy mound Lost on the wide, desolate moor. Sadness and tender pity fill all hearts, Sadness and tender pity fill all hearts!
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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