grey and white bird carrying demon-like figure in its talons

Gods of Wind and Thunder, one of a pair, second half 19th century

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This humorous pair of scrolls shows the gods of wind and thunder being ambushed by worldly creatures. On the left, the Wind God, identifiable by the deflated wind-producing bag at his side, has been captured by a swooping hawk. On the right, the Thunder God has abandoned the drums he uses to produce the sound of thunder while attempting to escape the pincers of a crab. This lively theme was popular with the Kanō painting school during the Edo period, so the fact that Eikai, who studied under literati painter Tani Bunchō, took on this subject is rather exceptional. (2013.30.19.1-.2)

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Title
Gods of Wind and Thunder, one of a pair
Artist Life
1803 - 1874
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Artist
Accession Number
2013.30.19.1
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grey and white bird carrying demon-like figure in its talons