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Title

The enlightenment from hell (Jigoku no bunmei kaika) no 1, from the series Drawings for pleasure by Kyōsai

1874


Artist

Kawanabe Kyōsai

Japan

1831 - 1889


About

The enlightenment from hell no. 1 and Frog medicine seller no. 8 are both from the 1874 series Drawings for pleasure by Kyōsai. Both prints have anthropomorphised animals in most roles and, in combination with ideas of physical and spiritual healing, present the killing of various demons including oni. As was the habit of Kyōsai, the two images also satirise the era in Japan of ‘Civilisation and Enlightenment’ during the Meiji period in which traditional ways were actively punished in preference for newly imported scientific approaches used to modernise Japan.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1874


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodblock print; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

37.2 x 25.4 cm


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

583.2018.1


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