Description When the ghost of the great beauty and poet Ono no Komachi asks a wandering priest (right) to pray for her soul, she is held back by the ghost of a former suitor, Shii no Shosho. He had sacrificed his life in a vain effort to prove his love and cannot bear to have her leave him again. Komachi: Would you still have me suffer The tortures of hell? Shosho: Even when we suffered them together The pains were grievous, But if you alone attain The Way of the Buddha You will add to the weight I bear Yet another cloak of sorrow, Piling grief on grief.
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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