An image of Shôki the demon queller

Okumura MASANOBU

(Japan 1686 – 1764)

Shôki the demon queller

Location
Not on display
Further information

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 of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
circa 1705
Media
Print
Medium
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
Accession number
338.1993