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Title

Shôki the demon queller

circa 1705


Artist

Okumura MASANOBU

Japan

1686 - 1764


About

Shoki the demon queller is a good example of a Chinese import into the vast pantheon of Japanese gods and spirits. Legend has it that the Tang emperor Xuan Zong was healed from his illness by Shoki (Chinese name Zhongkui), who appeared in his dream. In the dream Shoki said that he had been an unsuccessful candidate of the official examinations, but found his talent in quelling demons. In Japan, the image of Shoki is most conspicuous on Boy's Day, when people pray for the wellbeing of their male offspring.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.198.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

circa 1705


Media category

Print


Materials used

woodcut hand applied with urushi (lacquer) and washes of ink


Dimensions

55.7 x 24.2 cm


Signature & date

Signed c.l., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Hôgetsudô Okumura Bunkaku Masanobu kinzu [picture respectfully by Hôgetsudô Okumura Bunkaku Masanobuand]" [and artist's seal ,"Tanchôsai"].
Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

338.1993


Artist information

Okumura MASANOBU

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


AJIOKA Chiaki (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 7. cat.no. 3.12

Verlie Just, Four Centuries of Ukiyo-e Prints, Brisbane, 1997. cat. no: 3

Roger S. Keyes, The Male Journey in Japanese Prints, 1989, 76 [illus.]. figure no. 109

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The art of Buddhism and other worlds', Sydney, 2003, 198 (colour illus.).