Katsushika Hokui, Strange Apparitions, Ghost, Fukuhara Palace


Artist: Katsushika Hokui (active about 1830s–1870s)
Title: Strange Apparitions at the Fukuhara Palace
Date: 1843 - 1844
Publisher: Fujiokaya Keijiro
Size: (L) 25.5 x 37.4, (C) 25.6 x 37.1, (R) 25.4 x 37.2 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.


Inauspicious dreams kept the Taira in a constant state of nerves after the move to Fukuhara, and there were many strange apparitions. This print shows Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181), the head of the Taira warrior clan that established the first samurai government in Japan. His exploits became one of the subjects of the warrior epic, The Tale of the Heike. Depicted here is a famous episode in which the dying Kiyomori, suffering from a hallucinatory fever, is haunted by a vision of all the enemies he has murdered during his military campaigns.

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Print FormatTriptych
SubjectSamurai & Male, Ghosts & Religion
Size(L) 25.5 x 37.4, (C) 25.6 x 37.1, (R) 25.4 x 37.2 cm
Condition ReportSlightly rimmed, light creases and pinholes, some paper residue on the back, partial restoration on the right margin of the right panel.
publisherFujioka-ya Keijiro:1843-1923