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Title

Demon with a Buddhist prayer (Oni no nenbutsu)

1864

Artist

Kawanabe Kawanabe Kyōsai

Japan

1831 - 1889

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Oni-no nenbutsu
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1864
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    35.8 x 25.2 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., in Japanese, black ink, incised on block, [vertical] "Ôju Seisei Kyôsai (illeg.)".
    Signed l.r. corner, in Japanese, red ink "[artist's seal]".

    Credit
    Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    132.2000
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Kawanabe Kawanabe Kyōsai

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  • About

    Ogres, or oni, alongside animals and ghosts, were some of Kawanabe Kyōsai’s favourite subjects. They are generally thought of as fierce demons who can be menacing yet humorous in their actions. This oni is collecting donations for a temple and carries with him a list of donors (hōkachō). With a drum around his neck and a small hammer in his hand, he chants the nembetsu appealing to the Amida Buddha for the redemption of souls. The absurdity lies in the contrast of a demon masquerading as a Buddhist priest.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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