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Title

Kiyomori Sees Hundreds of Skulls at Fukuhara, from the series New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts (Shingata sanjurokkaisen)

1890


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

'Kiyomori Sees Hundreds of Skulls at Fukuhara' depicts Taira no Kiyomori (1118 –1181) who was a military leader during the late Heian period. By many he was seen as a manipulative character who was was able to move his way through the government ranks of the court to eventually gain great power and become chief minister. He was to make many enemies and many of his evil deeds were to be repaid when he would be tortured in hell.

Moving from Kyoto, Fukuhara was the capital of the Japan for six months in 1180. Based on a story from the 'Tale of Heike' ('Heike Monogatari'), compiled prior to 1330, in chapter 5 it is noted that after the move, and while he was dying from a very high fever, strange ghosts and demons appeared to Kiyomori such as a face, skulls and bad dreams.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1890


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodblock print; oban


Dimensions


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018


Location

Not on display


Accession number

90.2018.2


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

114


Place

Where the work was made
Japan