Oni (ogres) in a kimono dancing in front of the Yama, the ruler of Hell. Yama is the son of Hindu god Sun. He is the presiding deity and also known as Dharma. In Japan Yama is known as Enma. Later adopted in Buddhism, Yama was understood by Buddhists as a god of the dead, supervising the various Buddhist "hells". A line of souls leads to his office where he decides whether a soul goes to Heaven or Hell. Oni are considered as a servant under the Enma there. Here, the scene depicted comically the oni in a kimono with folding fan looks parodying of human activity by disguising Geisha and entertain the Enma . Enaka Mugyu was a Japanese painter active Taisho-Showa period in Japan. He lived in Kyoto. Together with Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) and Hishida Shunso (1878-1911), Mugyu was engaged in producing paintings of old temples and shrines for Imperial museum (present the National Museum).
The scroll is accomapnied by a paulownia wood storage box. It is in good condition with some insignificant light marks due to age.
Painting: 16 5/8” x 54 3/4” (42.0cm x 139.0cm)
Scroll: 22 1/2” x 81 3/4” (57.0cm x 207.5cm)