Onryo Onryo are female ghosts that were abused or neglected by their lovers. They dwell in the physical world after death seeking vengeance. Powerless in life they become strong in death. Strangely enough they rarely harm the lovers who vexed them.
Wall hanging, stencil dyed cloth, 35 x 35 in, light blue and white, nine different depictions of kilms in north-eastern Japan. The same kilms are depicted in a six leaf screen which is shown as item 77 in the 2001 exhibition catalogue of Serizawa's work in Scotland (Serizawa, Master of Japanese Textile Design, Sendai, Japan, Tohoku Fukushi University, Serizawa Keisuke Art and Craft Museum, 2001, oblong 8vo (9 1/2 x 10 in)