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Hand scroll, hyakki yako, Yoshinobu, Kano,Japan 18th c.

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Hand scroll, hyakki yako, Yoshinobu, Kano,Japan 18th c.
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Hand scroll with scenes from the ‘Night parade of the hundred demons’. The first scenes shows a cat and dogs, followed by a scene with ghosts and demons feasting at a mansion, from where numerous scenes shows a parade formed of all kinds of ghostly monsters and demons, being stopped by the rising sun over a rocky island in the last scene. The scroll is built up from different scenes that seem to be remnants of a much longer scroll that was deteriorated, the badly damaged sections being cut out. The last scene of the rising sun over an rock island. Signature at the very end “Choshi Unzan Yoshinobu hitsu”. Kano school. Japan, 18th century.
Height 10 and 10 1/8 inches (25.2 and 25.8 cm) Length: 484-1/4 inches (1230 cm).

Comes with fitting kiribako. No inscription.

A few tiny dents at the bottom edge of one of the foxes, otherwise excellent condition.

The scroll is probably a copy of or inspired by the hyakki yako scroll that is housed in the Daitokuji temple in Kyoto. The order of the scenes in our scroll is probably a bit mixed up.

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