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Title

The lucky tea kettle of Morin Temple (Morinji no bunbuku chagama) , from the series New forms of thirty-six ghosts

1892

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1892
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    36.0 x 25.0 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    582.2018.2
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    This is the story of a tanuki (raccoon-dog) that turned itself into a teakettle to thank a woodcutter who rescued him from a trap. The woodcutter sold the kettle to Morin Temple but it became so annoyed when it was used that it turned back into a tanuki and tried to escape. In one version of the story, the tanuki returned to the woodcutter and helped him make money as an entertainer by dancing and doing tricks. In another, the monks realised the kettle was special and it was awarded a life of comfort and ease. Here the tanuki is shown napping in the temple wearing a priest’s robe. The nearby kettle is a reminder of his past.

  • 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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