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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 Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

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


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

118


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