Twelve Months: May

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Maker(s)
Artist: Kawanabe Kyōsai 河鍋暁斎 (1831-1889)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1887
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (triptych): 37.3 x 77.1 cm (14 11/16 x 30 3/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Anne van Biema collection
Accession Number
S2004.3.319a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, Buddhism, demon, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), oban, rain, tiger, triptych, WWII-era provenance, Zhong Kui
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004

Label

Astride a tiger, the demon-queller Shoki (Chinese, Zhong Kui) pursues a band of unlucky demons. The title of this print indicates that it might have been intended as one design for a series of twelve triptychs-one for each of the twelve months. Shoki is an appropriate image for May, when the Boys' Festival is held. The inscription repeats the title in English, which was occasionally incorporated into Japanese prints beginning in the 1860s, when consciousness of the world outside Japan, stimulated by the opening of the treaty port of Yokohama near Edo (the center of the publishing industry) made the inclusion of foreign words intriguing to both Japanese and foreign purchasers.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 104, pp. 262-263.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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