The Mansion of the Plates - Katsushika Hokusai
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- Date of Creation: 1831-1832
- Art Movement: Ukiyo-e
The plate demon is supposed to be the ghost of Okiku who worked as a maid of a warrior's house, accidentally broke a dish that was treasured by her lord's family. Her angry lord killed her and threw her body in a well in his yard. Kiku became a ghost and haunted around the well. Many novels were written based on the story, and several different Kabuki plays were also written.
About the Artist:
Adhering to a common Japanese practice with extreme frequency, Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849) transitioned between upwards of 30 pseudonyms throughout his career, each correlating to a different period or style. Despite the many changes, his surname prevails—Hokusai—which unites the surplus of monikers into a single legacy for the artist, printmaker, and ukiyo-e painter. In his early work, Hokusai depicted the traditional subject matter of ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, Kabuki actors; however, he monumentally revolutionized the medium by shifting his focus to landscapes and images of daily life in Japan.
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- 35mm x 22mm stainless steel sheet with 14k gold/silver plated frame