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Jan Kozak Collection: KZA63

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  • Title: The catfish that causes earthquakes
  • Creator(s): unknown
  • Date:
  • Source: Bolt, Bruce A. 'Namazu-e,' Pacific Discovery, vol. 29:6 ( Nov.-Dec. 1976) pp. 10-13.
  • Location: Japan/ASIA/Eastern Asia

Description: People beating the catfish (namazu) that causes earthquakes. Japanese folklore blames earthquakes on a giant catfish. Illustration may have to do with the Tokyo earthquake of 1855. (Japanese woodblock print, 19th c.)

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Kozak Allegorical Images

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