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Title

Ino Hayata killing a nue at the imperial palace (Dairi ni Ino Hayata nue o sasu zu) , from the series New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts (Shingata sanjurokkaisen)

1890

Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1890
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    90.2018.1
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    This story comes from the historical saga 'Tale of the Heike' (Heike monogatari), specifically book 4, section 15 ‘The Nightbird. In the story, the nue was described as a supernatural creature with the head of monkey, the body of a badger, limbs of a tiger, the tail of a snake and the cry of a thrush. The image depicts Ino Hayata, the assistant to the warrior Minamoto Yorimasa, battling a nue. The pair had been called to help Emperor Konoe, who was tormented by a black cloud that settled over him each night, causing him to suffer from nightmarish visions. When Yorimasa heard strange sounds, he shot an arrow into the cloud, hitting a nue. Ino Hayata then slayed the fantastic beast.

  • 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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