Sazai Hall at the Temple of the Five Hundred Arhats (Gohyaku Rakanji Sazaidō), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Oban 10 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (26 x 38.7 cm)
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Not on view
The Sazaidō (literally, Turban-shell Tower, owing to its spiral staircase) is a three-story tower that was built in 1741 as a temple dedicated to the five hundred Rakan, or arhats, legendary disciples of Buddha. Men and women admire the view of Mount Fuji across the marshes from the temple's balcony. Mount Fuji serves here almost as a vanishing point, with the figures spread fan-like below.
Signature: Zen Hokusai Iitsu fude
Marking: No mark except "Mon" of Eijudo on coat of man
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sense of Place: Landscape in Japanese Art," May 8, 2002–September 8, 2002.