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Title

Shuten-dōji at Oeyama (Oeyama Shuten-dōji)

1858

Artist

Utagawa Utagawa Yoshitsuya

Japan

1822 - 1866

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Ansei era 1854 - 1860 Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1858
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, triptych
    Dimensions

    a - right sheet, 35.8 x 25.5 cm

    b - centre sheet, 35.8 x 25.5 cm

    c - left sheet, 35.8 x 25.5 cm

    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    286.2018.a-c
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Utagawa Yoshitsuya

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    The famous story of Shuten-dōji (drunken demon) is one of Japan’s most gruesome legends. It deals with tales of good and evil and the actions of the heroic character Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Raikō). Originating in the Heian period (794–1185), the story describes a demon who kidnaps and cannibalises young maidens in Kyoto with the help of his oni assistants. Impersonating Buddhist monks, Raikō and his four loyal attendants enter Shuten-dōji’s lair by enticing the demons with rice wine. This image shows Shuten-dōji’s fuming decapitated head in battle, as the rest of the demons try to escape the conflict.

  • 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

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