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TALK: A Hundred Demons from Present and Past: Images of the Supernatural in Japanese Art

20 September 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm £3.50 – £5

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Image: Detail of Prince Kurokumo and the Earth Spider by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, colour woodblock print, 1867 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford


Join Dr Clare Pollard, Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, to take a peek at the spooky world of ghostly beings depicted in the Japanese Ghosts and Demons exhibition. Household objects that come to life, animals with supernatural powers, wicked demons and vengeful spirits… Tales of the supernatural have long been represented in Japanese art and literature – carved as sculptures, depicted in prints and paintings, and dramatised for the Kabuki theatre.

Suitable for young people and adults.

£5 adults / £3.50 students
Booking essential, visit or call 01332 641901


This is part of our exhibition Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Woodblock Prints from The Ashmolean Museum which runs from 20 September 2019 to 26 January 2020. As per opening times at Museum and Art Gallery.

Giant spiders, dancing skeletons, winged goblins and hordes of ghostly warriors are among the subjects depicted in this display of striking 19th century woodblock prints, drawn from the Ashmolean Museum’s rich collection of Japanese art.

The exhibition includes 24 colourful ukiyo-e prints, including a number of dramatic multiple sheet images that have rarely been on public display before. It focuses on works by the celebrated print designers Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), two of the most prolific and successful artists of their day.

This touring exhibition has been organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.


20 September 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
£3.50 – £5
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