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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 relaxing at the center of the kozuka. A demon is running away on the left. The legend of Shôki originated in China. Shôki was an aspiring scholar 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.
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 政長; [Translation] Masanaga
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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Period
18th century (Edo)
Medium
iron, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.858
Measurements
L: 3 3/4 in. (9.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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