Signed in black ink in margin below l.r. corner of image: Garnett. Stamped in green ink at b.c. of mat: WILLIAM GARNETT/LAKE POWELL/ARIZONA/UTAH , 1967; VERSO: Stamped in black ink at center of sheet: "ALL RIGHTS TO THIS PHOTOGRAPH, OTHER THAN FOR WHICH IT IS SOLD, ARE RETAINED BY / WILLIAM A. GARNETT AND HIS HEIRS, ADMINISTRATORS,/ EXECUTORS AND ASSIGNS. REPRODUCTION BY ANY/ MEANS IS PROHIBITED EXEPT BY EXPRESS WRITTEN / CONSENT FOR EACH SPECIFIC USE."
This print illustrates a scene in a jôruri play based on history. Ishidômaru is the childhood name of a figure better known to history as Kûkai, the early 9th-century founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism in Japan. In this scene, the child Ishidômaru has come to the remote mountain of Mt. Kôya in search of his father, a warrior who had taken the tonsure. When the two finally met, the father refused to recognize his son. The rejection of family ties was one of the basic tenets of monastic life in Buddhism.