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Tsuba with Shôki the Demon Queller
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Tsuba with Shôki the Demon Queller


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This tsuba shows Shôki the Demon Queller standing at the right side. He can be recognized by his flowing beard and distinctive hat. The legend of Shôki 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. A demon appears at the bottom of the reverse side of the tsuba, carrying a staff.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] 元廣; [Translation] Motohiro (kao)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1800 (late Edo)
Medium
iron, shibuichi, gold
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.367
Measurements
2 11/16 in. (6.9 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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