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The Illustrated Tale of Oishi Hyōroku

The Illustrated Tale of Oishi Hyōroku

Overall: 25.7 x 977.4 cm (10 1/8 x 384 13/16 in.)
Location: not on view


This incomplete handscroll illustrates part of the story of Oishi Hyoroku, a young man tasked with battling fox apparitions who were creating problems in his town. In other extant versions of the scroll, the story is set in the fall of 1624 in Kagoshima in southern Japan. Throughout the story, Hyoroku is tricked and terrified by the foxes that shift their shapes into a variety of monstrous phantoms. After repeated humiliations, he eventually captures two of the foxes. In this version, colloquial texts that function like text blurbs in comics appear throughout the scroll, but the main text is missing.
  • Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 236); July 21, 2014 - January 13, 2015.
    Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 120); July 22 - October 26, 2003.
    The Year in Review for 1983. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 22-April 8, 1984).
    CMA 1984: "Year in Review 1983," CMA Bulletin 71 (February 1984), p. 77, no. 240.
  • {{cite web|title=The Illustrated Tale of Oishi Hyōroku|url=false|author=|year=1700s|access-date=19 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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