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Title

School for spooks (Bakebake gakkō) no 3

1874


Artist

Kawanabe Kyōsai

Japan

1831 - 1889


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).


Details


Place where the work was made

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


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