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Demon Soliticing Contributions

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Demon Soliticing Contributions


Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper

35 5/16 in. x 10 3/4 in. ( 89.7 cm x 27.3 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Rudolf and Mary Arnheim

Subject matter
The demon soliciting contributions may be a metaphor for greed and caution against over-ambition. The writing on the oni's leg is the word for a donation register for a shrine or temple. The demon, as the title suggests, is soliciting donations or contributions from passersby. 

Physical Description
This is a hanging scroll painted with ink and color on paper with the main subject of a demon or oni. The demon has horns in its head and stands as if in motion. On its front leg closest to the viewer is a piece of paper with writing. Above its head is an inscription in four lines descending in order from the upper right. On the bottom right corner is another inscription followed by two red seals. 

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
figure painting

Collection Area

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Ink and Realisms
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