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Itaya HIROHARU

(Japan  – )

Night procession of one hundred goblins

Other titles:
Procession of goblins
Location
Not on display
Further information

A humorous yet revealing image of anthropomorphic beliefs, this scroll depicts a medley of 'object-goblins' - kitchen utensils, musical instruments and the like. Recent scholarship explains that, according to old Japanese belief, objects that reached 100 years acquire a spirit. One surviving narrative scroll from the Muromachi period tells how used objects, discarded during the spring-cleaning of a temple, turned into demons and wreaked havoc on the village until a Buddhist monk quelled them and eventually turned them into good Buddhists. This scroll is one of many existing versions of the subject. As a pictorial representation, the scroll can be seen as part of the Japanese caricatural cartoon tradition that continues today as 'manga'.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.196.

Place of origin
Japan
Cultural origin
Style - Yamato-e.
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
circa 1820
Media
Painting
Medium
ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
29.5 x 600.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed, "Itaya Keiji". Sealed "Hiroharu". Not dated.
Credit
Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 1995
Accession number
125.1995