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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
1824
color woodblock print | paper
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
1969/2.90
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
1819 – 1829
color woodblock print | paper
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
1969/2.91
In this painting, a mischievous demon is depicted in priest’s garb begging for alms.
Japanese
Ôtsu-e: Demon soliciting alms (Oni no nembutsu)
18th century
ink and color | paper, hanging scroll
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1964/2.102
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.
Andô Hiroshige
[Facsimile] Meisho Edo hyakkei: Oji, New Year's Eve Foxfires at Nettle Tree
1856 – 1859
color woodblock print | paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Haugh
1987/1.245
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
1767 – 1832
color woodblock print | paper
Museum Purchase
1960/1.162
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
1945 – 1955
rubbing: ink | paper
Gift of Mrs. Caroline J. Plumer
1991/1.71
Japanese
Figure of a Daoist immortal Tobosaku
19th century
ivory |
Gift of Mr. Curtis G. Coley
1957/1.21
Japanese
Netsuke of Oni (demon) comforted by a warrior and a Niô (fierce guardian)
19th century
wood |
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
1997/2.21
Japanese
Netsuke of hannya (female ghost or demon) mask
19th century
wood |
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
2002/2.26
Masatsugu
Netsuke of the Daoist immortal Gama Sennin with a three-legged toad on his back
19th century
ivory |
Gift of the William T. and Dora G. Hunter Collection
2002/2.32
Japanese
Shôki the Demon Queller
1700 – 1899
ink on paper, hanging scroll |
Gift of John J. Schloss
2002/2.349
Kôko Yoshitsuya
Bankoku jinbutsu zue eikirijin (Pictures of People of Barbarian Countries: Englishman)
1850 – 1860
woodblock print | paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
2002/2.356

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