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Humourous Record of Japanese History [One Hundred Devils Out at Night]
  • Utagawa Yoshiiku
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Humourous Record of Japanese History [One Hundred Devils Out at Night], 1894, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • set of nine sheets
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: each 356 x 235 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 x 9 1/4 in
    Frame Dimensions: 21 3/4 x 34 1/4 x 1 1/2 in
    Weight: 11 lbs
  • Museum purchase: Weare-West Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1984.0059.g,h,i
Label Text

Archive Label date unknown:
Despite the variety of designs created by nineteenth-century printmakers, the original handscrolll format of the "hyakki yako" was not abandoned, but rather put to new use. Yoshiiku made this set of nine prints to commemorate Japan's 1894 vistory in the war with China. Each of the prints is divided into two sections: the upper portion depicts a handscroll entitled "A Newly Devised Hyakki yako," while the lower part shows light-hearted cartoons of Japanese soldiers defeating their Chinese counterparts.