Japanese Mythical art
This collection is of Japanese Mythological art.
In this art piece the artist has depicted the God Raijin, the ruler of thunder, lightning, and storms. Usually Raijin is depicted as a demon and in this scenario has been painted on a tsuba.
This statue is depicting Ferocious Bishamonten who is one of the four guardian figures in the corners of the buddhist temples main altar. Originally started as an Indian Deity and transitioned over.
This artwork is depicting the Buddhist Deity Fudo Myo-o. Despite the look the artist gave Fudo Myo-o depicting the deity with dark reds and even blacks, Fudo is known for a boundless sense of charity.
Kagura is one of many traditional Japanese performances. In these performances depicted as seen patrons perform songs and dances before their Gods, that depict myths and as well portray Gods.
Shuten Doji also known as "The Drunken Boy" is an Ogre and this hand scroll depicts the story of the ogre who imprisoned women and most times ate them, was brought down by warrior Minamoto Yorimitsu.
The statues of Naga. Naga is a serpent guardian who originated from the Hindu religion. The Naga are made to protect the temples of their religion. Their heads consist of countless snakes.
This illustration a group of blind men are shown trying to cross the gateway into the Enoshima Benzaiten Shrine, trying to gain the fine art skill of acupuncture, after praying to the deity Benzaiten.
Yoshitsune a big part of Japanese folklore. The story tells of 12 yr old Yoshitsune went to the Gojo bridge when a giant of a man Benkei attacked him but the young Yoshitsune was too quick and won.
Shoki is an old legend in Japanese mythology. The story goes on to tell that Shoki showed up in an ill emperors dream, telling him that due to his honorable burial he will fight to rid evil demons.
Depicted in this piece is Kidomaru in demon form. Kidomaru a former warrior who turned villain working for demon Shuten Doji. In the piece here Kidomaru is waiting for the hero Minamoto for an attack.
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Freer and Sackler Galleries
Nakagawa-machi bato hiroshige art of museum
Tottori Prefectural Museum
Saitama Prefectual Museum of History and Folklore
The Toledo Museum of Art
The Sand Museum
National Museums of World Culture
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