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Kawanabe Kyosai (aka Gyosai), Japanese, (1831–1889)
Demons Fleeing from Otafuku, 1870
Ink on paper
13 x 2505 in. (33.02 x 6362.7 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Professor Bruce Coats In honor of Meher McArthur
Accession Number: 2021.10.2

The Japanese annual festival “Setsubun” happens on the first day of spring, according to their premodern calendar.
Roasted soybeans are thrown while shouting “Demons out! Good luck in!”
At left, a woman, commonly called “Otafuku / Great Good Fortune”, holds a box of beans on a footed tray while two demons run away.
Crows, often considered divine messengers, are depicted on a folding screen, and may represent the change from winter to spring.
Professor Bruce Coats, October 2021

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