Very rare hanging scroll with a painting of Nichiren nehan zu, the Death of the Buddha according to the Nichiren Shu sect, identified by the tachibana crest on the curtains.
The Buddha Shakyamuni on his death bed, surrounded by priests who are reciting from scrolls, and civilians who are praying and wailing. In the background between curtains is an altar with the Dharma, the lotus sutra of the Nichiren shu: Namu myoho renge kyo; Namu taho nyorai; Namu Shakamuni butsu.
Outlines of the image are printed in black, the image is hand colored and with gold on paper.
On the back is a printed list of the names of the people depicted (six old priests flanked by the names of two civilians, middle old priests, nine old priests, followed by the names of many civilians), dating the donation to Tempo 8, year of the rooster, 1837.
The mounting embroidered with different, repeated motives, the Nichiren shu crest repeated in gold brocade.
Painted area: ca. 15.8 x 9.6 inches (40.3 x 24.5 cm); total height ca. 47.8 inches (121.5 cm).
Browned, some rubbed areas, some horizontal creases, mounting with damages, otherwise good stable condition.