A demon as a mendicant monk, Kawanabe Kyôsai, 1850 - 1889

A demon as a mendicant monk, Kawanabe Kyôsai, 1850 - 1889

ink, h 127.0cm × w 31.0cm More details

A demon dressed as a mendicant monk is travelling to collect money for a temple, while calling on Buddha Amida in a loud voice. He is striking a wooden gong to announce his arrival. The motif is a metaphor for Buddhism’s power to save: even demons can change their ways. Although this depiction is probably an ironic portrayal of insincerity and pretended piety.

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