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An image of Night procession of one hundred goblins by Itaya HIROHARU An image of Night procession of one hundred goblins by Itaya HIROHARU An image of Night procession of one hundred goblins by Itaya HIROHARU An image of Night procession of one hundred goblins by Itaya HIROHARU An image of Night procession of one hundred goblins by Itaya HIROHARU

Itaya HIROHARU

(Japan  – )

Title
Night procession of one hundred goblins
Other titles:
Procession of goblins
Alternative title:
Hyakki Yagyô
Place of origin
Japan
Cultural origin
Style - Yamato-e.
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
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
Accession number
125.1995
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

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

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.

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