An image of Tengu preparing food in the hollow tree

Kawanabe Kyōsai

(Japan 1831 – 1889)

Tengu preparing food in the hollow tree

Location
Major exhibition gallery
Further information

One of Japan’s most original artists, Kawanabe Kyosai here presents the long-nosed mythological tengu in a tree watching as a procession travels along the Tokaido, the road between Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. Tengu are known for their martial arts prowess. The picture is part of an extraordinary series of 162 woodblock prints, published by 24 different publishers and designed by 16 different artists, most from the Utagawa school. Kyosai designed over 20 images for the series, a number of which incorporated representations of elements or inhabitants of the supernatural world. The 1863 series was created to mark the journey from Edo to Kyoto of the shogun Tokugawa Iemochi to pay his respects to the emperor towards the end of Japan’s Edo (Tokugawa period, 1603–1868).

Year
1863
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
37.0 x 25.0 cm
Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2019
Accession number
138.2019