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Katsushika Hokusai : “The Laughing Demon” (1830)

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The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Hokusai’s The Laughing Demon combines the characteristics of two types of demons; a hannya (woman turned to demonhood by jealousy) and a yamauba (crone who devours infants brought into the mountains). It is one of his series One Hundred Ghost Stories, the title of which refers to a Japanese parlor game wherein a room was filled with one hundred andon (lamps or candles enclosed in paper) accompanied by a mirror resting on a small table. The participants, gathered separately, would take turns telling ghost stories. At the end of each tale the storyteller would enter the room, extinguish one of the andon, and look into the mirror before returning to the group. As the participants approached the one hundredth tale, the room would darken and they would grow ever more fearful of invoking the spirits. Though Hokusai and his publisher presumably envisioned one hundred prints, only five are known to have been produced.

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