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Ebisu Throwing Beans at Oni on Setsubun
  • Okumura Masanobu
    active: Japan
  • Ebisu Throwing Beans at Oni on Setsubun, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • woodcut, hand coloring
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 312 x 150 mm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 1/4 x 5 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2002.0014

Ebisu is throwing beans at demons (oni) with his right hand in front of a corner of a building. He is holding a box containing beans in his left hand. One of the exorcised demons is clinging to a post in front of Ebisu and another is on the roof above him, Ebisu is wearing scholar's robes and a hat. Under his lifted right leg, a big fish is depicted on BL. Thick and swift outlines of Ebisu's robes, and black, brown, and gold pigments are painted in by hand.