One hundred demons stirring by night

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One hundred demons stirring by night. Colour woodcut by Gyokuen, 1860s. The 'monkey' hero of the Chinese novel is conjured up and leads his troops, as seen in the top left (the novel translated by Waley as 'journey to the west') A satire on the political turmoil of the 1860s, when foreign presence intruded into Japan and the Shogun's authority was under pressure. Created between 1860 and 1869. Contributors: Gyokuen (active 1850–1875). Work ID: w9j69xnh.

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