Monsters, Devils and Demons

Every culture has its monsters, devils and demons: people tell stories about them, depict them in images, fear them but occasionally also make fun of them. They are scary, but – and this is the good news – they are not invincible.
, 'The demon slayer Shōki has an imp deliver a love message to a washerwoman,' 1765-1770, Museum Rietberg

Suzuki Harunobu

The demon slayer Shōki has an imp deliver a love message to a washerwoman, 1765-1770

Museum Rietberg

Permanent collection

, 'Hannya, demon mask featuring jealous woman,' End of 18th century, Museum Rietberg

Yasutaka

Hannya, demon mask featuring jealous woman, End of 18th century

Museum Rietberg

Permanent collection

, 'Finally the demon Kabandha receives redemption,' ca. 1775, Museum Rietberg

Manaku of Guler

Finally the demon Kabandha receives redemption, ca. 1775

Museum Rietberg

On loan

, 'The demon Hiranyaksha consults with his father Kasyapa (detail),' ca. 1740, Museum Rietberg

Manaku of Guler

The demon Hiranyaksha consults with his father Kasyapa (detail), ca. 1740

Museum Rietberg

Permanent collection