Bakemono no e
Bakemono no e
The Bakemono no e (化物之繪 – Illustrations of Bakemono) is a Yōkai picture scroll which dates to the Edo Period, and was likely made in the 17th Century. The creator of this work is not known. These ‘indexes’ of supernatural creators were extremely popular during the Edo Period, listing creatures, their names, and at times short annotations alongside these creatures. This scroll in question has no annotations and is stored in the Bringham Young University in Utah.
The hand painted scroll itself contains depictions of 35 ‘bakemono‘ it is in a remarkable state of preservation, measuring 44x1525cm in size. There is also extensive use of gold pigment throughout within the ‘background mists’ of the scroll. Most of the creatures on the scroll are well known, however some of them, such as the Umibōzu, Umiotoko , Nurikabe , Nakibisu , and the three-eyed Tsuchigumo are seldom seen.
This piece is also listed with the name of Bakemonozukushie (化物尽繪 – Index of Supernatural Creatures), however, in this context it comes in the form of a book and not a picture scroll. Only one copy of it in book form exists and again contains no name for it’s creator.1
You can see the entire scroll online here: Bakemono no e Scroll Online
1. Brigham University Online LIbrary. Accessed 26/09/2019.
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