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Kozuka with Shôki the Demon Queller
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Kozuka with Shôki the Demon Queller


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Shôki the Demon Queller is a legendary figure who originated in China. Shôki was an aspiring scholar in China who committed suicide when he failed the examinations to become a government official. The emperor, when he realized the degree of Shôki's commitment to service, awarded him the title of doctor. Shôki then appeared to the emperor in a dream where he vowed to protect the empire from demons to show his gratitude. Here, he is shown dressed in Chinese style armor and fighting a small demon.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acqusition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Ichiryûsha Tomotoshi
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
19th century (Edo-Meiji)
Medium
shakudo, gold, copper
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.709
Measurements
L: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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