Description The demoness at left is, in fact, a high-ranking woman who has turned to cannibalism in order to aid the lord of her district. He requires the blood of children as a remedy for a disease from which he suffers. When wandering priests seek refuge from a storm in the old woman's house, they discover a room filled with human bones and splattered with blood. They decide to flee, but the woman returns, assumes a demonic form, and chases them. Kogyo represents the moment when the priests turn and try to exorcize the pursuing demon by chanting invocations and rubbing rosary beads.
Provenance Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1989, by gift.
Inscriptions [Signature] Kogyo
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1989
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