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Painting - Mendicant Monk in Katsushika and Others
  • Mendicant Monk in Katsushika and Others
    Utagawa Sadahide
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Mendicant Monk in Katsushika and Others

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1830-1844 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa Sadahide (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and colour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This sheet is a finished design for a print. It is full of images of monsters depicted from two sides. In this sheet, for example, the figures at the top of the sheet are two sides of the same monster, in this case one of the mendicant monks in Katsushika in Edo (modern Tokyo). Both figures have the same outline, but in reverse. People would cut out the figures, glue them back-to-back and play with them. For this reason, prints of this type are extremely rare.

Sadahide's images are full of humour. The word for 'monster' in Japanese means literally 'things that change' (bakemono): the theme is perfectly suited to the format.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1830-1844 (made)


Utagawa Sadahide (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and colour on paper


Height: 375 mm, Width: 248 mm

Object history note

Bought from sale of Happer Collection at Mssrs Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge.

Subjects depicted



Designs; Entertainment & Leisure


East Asia Collection

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