Katsushika Hokusai

Memorial Anniversary from the series »One Hundred Ghost Stories«, 1831

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A Serpent winds around the kind of memorial plaque found in Japanese cemeteries. In the foreground there is a bowl filled with water and adorned with a Buddhist swastika. The exact meaning of the print is unknown. Does the snake represent a returning spirit or even the artist himself, whose emblem was the symbol on the bowl?

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