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Title

Shôki the demon queller

circa 1705

Artist

Okumura Okumura Masanobu

Japan

1686 - 1764

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Okumura Okumura Masanobu

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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