A Tale of Expelling the Demon: The Shutendoji Picture Scroll

The Nezu Museum

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Shutendoji was a demon who repeatedly abducted the daughters of aristocratic families in Kyoto. The story of how the demon was expelled appeared in the fourteenth-century picture scrolls and illustrated books known as Nara “ehon.” Tradition is divided over the question of whether the demon’s home was on Mt. Oe or Mt. Ibuki. All three sets of Shutendoji picture scrolls in the Nezu Museum collection are in the Mt. Ibuki tradition and were painted in or after the sixteenth century. Each of the scrolls differs, however, in style and date of production. Among them, the eight-scroll version painted in the nineteenth century by a Sumiyoshi School artist is unique in devoting four of the scrolls to the demon’s backstory. All eight scrolls are being shown together for the first time. This exhibition lets visitors explore the stylistic differences between them.

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from January 10, 2019 to February 17, 2019

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