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Title

Demon with a Buddhist prayer (Oni no nenbutsu)

1864


Artist

Kawanabe Kyōsai

Japan

1831 - 1889


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.


Details


Alternative title

Oni-no nenbutsu


Place where the work was made

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


Artist information

Kawanabe Kyōsai

Works in the collection

6


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The art of Buddhism and other worlds', Sydney, 2003, 198 (colour illus.).