Kyōsai’s Pictures of One Hundred Demons

Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 Japanese

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This was one of the Meiji artist’s most popular books, which was published in various editions, including posthumous ones such as this one, from a year after the artist died. It shows a procession of demons who appear throughout the night, offering a spectacular visual encyclopedia of supernatural creatures of premodern Japanese folklore.

Kyōsai’s Pictures of One Hundred Demons, Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (Japanese, 1831–1889), Woodblock printed book (orihon, accordion-style binding); ink and color on paper, Japan

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