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Title

School for spooks (Bakebake gakkō) no 3

1874

Artist

Kawanabe Kawanabe Kyōsai

Japan

1831 - 1889

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1874
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    37.1 x 25.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. cartouche, in Japanese, printed " Seisei Kyōsai"

    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    89.2018
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Kawanabe Kawanabe Kyōsai

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Two classrooms are shown filled with goblins, demons and monsters. At the top right is Shōki, the demon queller. He is depicted as a teacher in European clothing and cap, brandishing a cane and instructing the student demons in hell-related vocabulary. In the second classroom (middle left) a kappa water goblin points to the Romanised letters on the board. The words are associated with things kappa enjoy. These include shirikotama, a mythical ball inside the human anus; gioori (kyūri) which means cucumber; and kawa or river. The artist Kyōsai was known for his critical commentary on the international modernisation of Japan in the Meiji period (1868–1912).

  • 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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