Hokusai Katsushika, Image of Buddhist Hell, Hokusai Manga

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Title: Hell
Series: Hokusai Manga Vol.2
Publisher: Toheki-do
Date: 1814-1878
Size: 15.8 x 22.4 cm
Condition: Binding holes, light creases.

This print is from the Hokusai Manga (sketches) series published in 15 volumes. The first volume of the series was intended as a drawing instruction manual but Hokusai almost immediately removed the text and republished the drawings alone. The series took Hokusai on an encyclopaedic venture, from seemingly insignificant depictions of everyday objects to spirits and historical figures.

The design shows a scene from the Buddhist hell, with Enma, the god of hell, who judges right and wrong after a human passes away. If a dreadful punishment is cast, the wretched soul is due to be tortured by oni (ogres), seen in the foreground.

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Print Format Other
Artist Name Hokusai Katsushika
Title Hell
Subject Spirits & Religion
Dimensions 15.8 x 22.4 cm
Condition Report Binding holes, light creases.