Handscroll; ink and color on paper
34 x 1714.5 cm (13 3/8 x 675 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1993.132
Notations that appear throughout the scroll indicate colors and other details of the original painting.
This unmounted handscroll is a copy of the first of a three-scroll set painted by Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795) for Buddhist monk Yujō (1723–1773). It depicts people's unfortunate encounters with forces of nature from wind to beasts. Ōkyo's realistic, contemporary imagery was meant to evoke a sense of recognition and empathy in viewers, shocking them into avoidance of possible punishments.
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