Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Art of the Supernatural

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From the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century, many of Japan's most brilliant artists, including Hiroshige, Hokusai, Yoshitoshi, and Zeshin, allowed their imaginations free rein in creating images of the supernatural world in woodblocks, paintings, books, wooden sculptures, and on screens. This is the first book devoted to the study of the supernatural world and its renditions in Japanese art. The illustrations show a stunning array of Japan's more fiendish figures. Each of the ten chapters focuses on ...
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From the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century, many of Japan's most brilliant artists, including Hiroshige, Hokusai, Yoshitoshi, and Zeshin, allowed their imaginations free rein in creating images of the supernatural world in woodblocks, paintings, books, wooden sculptures, and on screens. This is the first book devoted to the study of the supernatural world and its renditions in Japanese art. The illustrations show a stunning array of Japan's more fiendish figures. Each of the ten chapters focuses on one of the most important themes in Japanese lore, discussing its anthropological meaning and literary and artistic interpretations. 49 color illustrations, 75 black-and-white illustrations.

Author Biography: Stephen Addiss is professor of art history at the University of Kansas and a specialist in the arts of Japan.

Focusing on trenchant themes in Japanese folklore, this book examines the anthropological meaning and artistic interpretations of Japan's supernatural world.

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This exhibition catalog examines the extensive body of Japanese folklore and literature dealing with supernatural subjects and the treatment of these subjects in various media (prints, paintings, sculpture, netsuke, masks) and by many artists. There are essays of varying quality on ghosts, demons, and other supernatural phenomena, illustrated with good color and black-and-white plates; each author attempts to connect the artistic treatments of the subjects with social events and daily life of the times, which provides some thought-provoking reading. Not an essential pur chase, but interesting for special col lec tions as a reasonably priced work on a unique subject. Patricia R. Hausman, Williamsburg Regional Lib., Va.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807611265
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

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    This book, divided into several chapters dealing with specific subjects as present in traditional Japanese art forms, is one of the few books on Japanese folklore in print in the English language and of those few, it is one of the even fewer that not only deal with the ghosts and monsters of that folklore, but does so accurately and is well researched. For the serious enthusiast who wants more on the subject, two currently out of print titles are reccomended, as well as one in print: Kunio Yanagita's 'Japanese Folk Tales', translated by folklorist Fanny Hagin Mayer, and Keigo Seki's 'Folktales of Japan', both collections of folklore and legends. In print, please see Michiko Iwasaka and Barre Toelken's 'Ghosts and the Japanese'.

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