Tengû (Mythical Demon)

Accession Number

Tengû (Mythical Demon)

Mori Yoshitoshi

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
kappazuri (stencil print) on paper

13 7/8 in. x 17 1/16 in. ( 35.3 cm x 43.3 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Gilbert M. Frimet

Label copy
In contrast to Hamaguchi Yôzô (whose work is shown below), Mori Yoshitoshi chose a path that celebrates his Japanese heritage. Trained in textile design by leading figures in the Japanese Folk Art movement in the 1920s and 30s, Mori applied stencil dyeing to the art of making prints, using a different stencil for each color. His subjects are also quintessentially Japanese, taken from the kabuki stage, legend, and classical literature. Tengu are long-nosed, winged mythological goblins, skilled at martial arts, who live in the mountains. They are generally more mischievous than evil, and Mori captures their impish character.
Maribeth Graybill, "Recent Acquisitions of East Asian Art," November 5, 2005-May 14, 2006

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area

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3 Related Resources

(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Supernatural in Japanese Art
(Part of: History 195:004 Dragons and Snow Monkeys)

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