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.
Place where the work was made
woodcut hand applied with urushi (lacquer) and washes of ink
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.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 4 publications
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.).