He is a skeletal being, with Sekien depicting him coming out of some form of pot.
Sekien includes annotations alongside the creature mentioning a poem by Keiun which reads:
“Look within! What is your heart? Ask this even as you see form and hear sound.”1
- View the Konjaku Gazu Zoku Hyakki online here: Konjaku Online.
1. Yoda, H. and Alt, M. (2016) “Japandemonium: Illustrated: The Yokai Encyclopaedia of Toriyama Sekien.”. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
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