- Alternative title
- Oni-no nenbutsu
- Place where the work was made
- Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
- Media category
- Materials used
- woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
- 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]".
- Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2000
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The art of Buddhism and other worlds', Sydney, 2003, 198 (colour illus.).
Other works by Kawanabe Kyōsai
Tengu preparing food in the hollow tree Kawanabe Kyōsai 1863 138.2019 On display – Lower Asian gallery
Ancient tales of Aesop: vol 3, day no 132, story of the frog medicine peddler (Issopu mukashi monogatari no uchi sanmaki mokuroku dai-hyakujūsanninichi gama no baiyakubanashi) no 8 Kawanabe Kyōsai 1874 583.2018.2
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