BYU’s Ghost Scroll

One of the most popular items from the Japanese Rare Books Collections, Bakemono no e (化物之繪), also known as the Ghost Scroll, has been digitized along with a number of other rare maps, scrolls, and illustrated books from the collection in order to facilitate research for scholars worldwide. The Ghost Scroll was hand-painted in the late 17th or early 18th century, and it depicts 35 supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore (you may know the kappa, shown here, from the world of Harry Potter). The scroll has been studied both in the U.S. and Japan. BYU students recently created a Wikipedia entry for the Ghost Scroll — check it out to view and learn about each creepy creature!

 

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