The Gashadokuro (sometimes Odokuro) are spirits that take the form of skeletons, said to be created from the amassed bones of people who died of starvation or in battle, without being buried.
Suzuki Kazon, "Japanese-style painter. Born in Edo. First studied the Maruyama style, then the Tosa and ukiyo-e styles: remained basically true to his early Maruyama training. Received a price a the first Bundten exhibition, an honorable mention at the third. Member of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy. Good at Kachoga and landscapes." (Roberts)
The label on the back of the scroll says that this scroll was painted by Suzuki Kason, that it depicted skeletons and that it was a donation (to a temple) by a certain Mr. Kageyama.
Suzuki Kason (1860-1919)
Ink on paper
132.5 x 33.5 cm (52 x 13 in.)
Mounting 189 x 43.7 cm (74 1/2 x 17 in.)