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Title

Kiyomori sees hundreds of skulls at Fukuhara (Kiyomori Fukuhara ni sūhyaku no jintō o miru zu) , from the series New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts (Shingata sanjurokkaisen)

1890

Artist

Tsukioka 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
    90.2018.2
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Taira no Kiyomori (1118–81) was a ruthless military leader who manipulated his way to great power. As a result of his dire deeds, he made many enemies and was destined to be tortured in hell. This image derives from the 14th-century Japanese epic Tale of the Heike (Heike monogatari), which describes Kiyomori’s experience in Fukuhara (the capital of Japan for six months in 1180). There he had visions in which everything he saw took the form of a skull. Here the handles of the sliding fusuma doors appear as the eye sockets of a giant skull. Suffering from a high fever, Kiyomori died in agony a few days later.

  • 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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