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Title

The dancing pot at Ninnaji temple , from the series Sketches by Yoshitoshi (Yoshitoshi Ryakuga)

1882

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Other Title
    Children being scared by shadows in the shoji
    Date
    1882
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    19.0 x 25.0 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2019
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    137.2019.1
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • About

    Sketches by Yoshitoshi (Yoshitoshi Ryakuga) is a humorous series of small woodblock prints designed by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, one of Japan’s greatest print designers, and issued in pairs. The prints were inspired by Japanese folklore and stories from kabuki theatre. The impression of children and an older man watching a monstrous looming shadow through a paper screen is known as The dancing pot at Ninnaji temple, or The cauldron dance. Set in a Kyoto temple, it is based on a story by Yoshida Kenko (1283–1350) of a night of revelry during which an inebriated monk put a three-legged bronze pot on his head and danced around happily until he realised it was stuck. He was later released from the pot, but at the expense of his nose and ears.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

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