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Tsuka with Dancing Figures and Shôki
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Tsuka with Dancing Figures and Shôki


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Description On the kashira, Shôki the Demon Queller stands with a sword drawn amongst clouds. 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. The menuki are in the shape of dancing figures in court costume. This is part of a mounted set.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
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Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
18th century (Edo)
Medium
ray skin, gold, shakudo
(Arms & Armor)
Accession Number
51.1253.3B
Measurements
L: 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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