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Title

Night procession of one hundred goblins


Artist

Itaya HIROHARU

Japan


About

A humorous yet revealing image of anthropomorphic beliefs, this scroll depicts a medley of 'object-goblins' - kitchen utensils, musical instruments and the like. Recent scholarship explains that, according to old Japanese belief, objects that reached 100 years acquire a spirit. One surviving narrative scroll from the Muromachi period tells how used objects, discarded during the spring-cleaning of a temple, turned into demons and wreaked havoc on the village until a Buddhist monk quelled them and eventually turned them into good Buddhists. This scroll is one of many existing versions of the subject. As a pictorial representation, the scroll can be seen as part of the Japanese caricatural cartoon tradition that continues today as 'manga'.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.196.


Details


Other Title

Procession of goblins


Alternative title

Hyakki Yagyô


Place where the work was made

Japan


Cultural origin

Style - Yamato-e.


Date

circa 1820


Media category

Painting


Materials used

ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

29.5 x 600.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed, "Itaya Keiji". Sealed "Hiroharu". Not dated.


Credit

Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

125.1995


Artist information

Itaya HIROHARU

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: East Asia', pg. 246-287, Sydney, 1999, 282 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The art of Buddhism and other worlds', Sydney, 2003, 196-197 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 197 are details of this work.

Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Japan Foundation (Editors), Art speaks Japanese: Japanese language education kit from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2007, colour illus.. card no. 08