An image of The enlightenment from hell no. 1

Kawanabe Kyōsai

(Japan 1831 – 1889)

The enlightenment from hell no. 1, From the series Drawings for pleasure by Kyōsai

Location
Not on display
Further information

The enlightenment from hell no. 1 and Frog medicine seller no. 8 are both from the 1874 series Drawings for pleasure by Kyōsai. Both prints have anthropomorphised animals in most roles and, in combination with ideas of physical and spiritual healing, present the killing of various demons including oni. As was the habit of Kyōsai, the two images also satirise the era in Japan of ‘Civilisation and Enlightenment’ during the Meiji period in which traditional ways were actively punished in preference for newly imported scientific approaches used to modernise Japan.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
1874
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
37.2 x 25.4 cm
Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
Accession number
583.2018.1