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Kyosai Kawanabe – Jizô Will Be Angry, from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai

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The full title of this piece is “Even Jizô Will Be Angry If You Touch His Face Three Times (Jizô no kao mo sando nazureba hara o tatsu); I Won’t Tell, So Don’t You Talk Either (Ore wa iwanu ga ware iu na)”, and seeing as how the image is so… bizarre, we’re going to put some disparate facts out that might help someone in deciphering the image.

  • Jizo (地蔵/womb of the earth) are small stone statues often found on trails in the woods in Japan, made in the image of Jizo Bosatsu, guardian deity of children and travelers
  • Jizo Bosatsu is known as a kind and patient deity
  • Why would it matter if you touch his face three times?
  • Ore wa iwanu ga ware iu na is also translated as “Don’t say I’m not happy”

I don’t know how relevant any of that is, but perhaps it provides insight or helps tell a story?

A fun print from his series One Hundred Pictures by Kyôsai (Kyôsai hyakuzu).

The Woodblock Print

A smaller print (5″x7″) in excellent condition, this print has great color, intact margins (minor edge wear or thinning), a clean verso and no discolorations to be seen. A fun and fascinating print.

About the Artist

Living through the Edo period to the Meiji period (May 18, 1831 – April 26, 1889), Kyōsai Kawanabe (河鍋 暁斎) witnessed Japan transform itself from a feudal country into a modern state. The son of a samurai, his first aesthetic shock was at the age of nine when he picked up a decapitated human head in the Kanda river. After apprenticing with Utagawa Kuniyoshi, he received his artistic training in the Kanō school under Maemura Tōwa, who gave him the nickname “The Painting Demon”, but soon abandoned the formal traditions for the greater freedom of the popular school. Kyōsai attained a reputation as a caricaturist. His very long painting on makimono “The battle of the farts” may be seen as a caricature of this genre.

Kyōsai is considered by many to be the greatest successor of Hokusai (of whom, however, he was not a pupil), as well as the first political caricaturist of Japan.  He created what is considered to be the first manga magazine in 1874: Eshinbun Nipponchi, with Kanagaki Robun.

Artist

Kawanabe, Kyōsai

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1840s-1860s

Edition

Lifetime

Movement

Ukiyo-e

Size

5"x7"

Subjects

Story

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