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Supernatural in Japanese Art

This double-leaf print depicts two camels and accompanying foreign trainers or performers in fringed clothing, with ballooning pants and dark boots.  Some of the performers play instruments, while others tend to the camels.  Above both pages is writing by calligrapher Santô Kyôden describing the camels and their tour of Japan around 1821.
Utagawa Kuniyasu
Camel
color woodblock print on paper
14 15/16 in. x 10 1/4 in. ( 38 cm x 26 cm )
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
This double-leaf print depicts two camels and accompanying foreign trainers or performers in fringed clothing, with ballooning pants and dark boots.  Some of the performers play instruments, while others tend to the camels.  Above both pages is writing by calligrapher Santô Kyôden describing the camels and their tour of Japan around 1821.
Utagawa Kuniyasu
Camel
color woodblock print on paper
14 15/16 in. x 10 1/4 in. ( 38 cm x 26 cm )
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
In this painting, a mischievous demon is depicted in priest’s garb begging for alms.
Japanese
Ôtsu-e: Demon soliciting alms (Oni no nembutsu)
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
24 in. x 9 3/4 in. ( 60.96 cm x 24.77 cm )
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
A group of deer-like animals are resting under two trees at nightfall. There are twinkling stars shining in the dark sky and a forest in the distance.
Andō Hiroshige
[Facsimile] Meisho Edo hyakkei: Oji, New Year's Eve Foxfires at Nettle Tree
color woodblock print on paper
14 3/4 in x 9 11/16 in (37.47 cm x 24.61 cm);14 3/4 in x 9 11/16 in (37.47 cm x 24.61 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Haugh
The majority of this print depicts a deep architectural setting.  In front of the buildings a wedding procession takes place.  Rats, in daimyo fashion, are celebrating.
Utagawa Toyoharu
The Rat's Wedding
color woodblock print on paper
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Museum Purchase
A scowling figure standing atop a pedestal. He has four arms, two of which are clasped together, and the other two of which are holding an orb and a stick. On the pedestal are two small human figures and two birds. Above the figure are two circles. On the right and left side of the image are lines of writing.
Japanese
Shômen Kongô
rubbing: ink on paper
57 5/16 x 17 1/2 in. ( 145.5 x 44.5 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
Japanese
Figure of a Daoist immortal Tobosaku
ivory
2 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in x 15/16 in (7.3 cm x 3.2 cm x 2.3 cm)
Gift of Mr. Curtis G. Coley
Japanese
Netsuke of Oni (demon) comforted by a warrior and a Niô (fierce guardian)
wood
1 1/8 in x 1 9/16 in x 1 3/8 in (2.8 cm x 4 cm x 3.5 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by a gift of Mrs. Ruth Sinsheimer and others, in memory of Joseph E. Sinsheimer, Professor of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Toxicology, The University of Michigan
Japanese
Netsuke of hannya (female ghost or demon) mask
wood
2 5/16 in x 1 5/8 in x 1 1/8 in (5.9 cm x 4.1 cm x 2.8 cm)
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
Masatsugu
Netsuke of the Daoist immortal Gama Sennin with a three-legged toad on his back
ivory
1 9/16 in. x 11/16 in. x 1 1/8 in. ( 4 cm x 1.7 cm x 2.9 cm )
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
Japanese
Shôki the Demon Queller
hanging scroll, ink on paper
88 1/4 in. x 30 in. ( 224.1 cm x 76.2 cm )
Gift of John J. Schloss
Kôko Yoshitsuya
Bankoku jinbutsu zue eikirijin (Pictures of People of Barbarian Countries: Englishman)
woodblock print on paper
18 7/16 in x 11 3/4 in (46.83 cm x 29.85 cm);18 7/16 in x 11 3/4 in (46.83 cm x 29.85 cm)
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

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