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Shōki, the Demon–Queller

Artist:
Okumura Masanobu (Japanese, 1686–1764)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper (Beni-e)
Dimensions:
H. 27 in. (68.6 cm); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Bequest of Katherine S. Dreier, 1952
Accession Number:
JP3169
Not on view
Shōki was generally depicted, based on the iconography, killing a small demon. However, in the Japanese popular cult that reveres him as guardian deity, he was also rendered standing alone in a more iconic mode.

In this unusually large print, Masanobu employed the urushi-e technique (picture in lacquer with glue added for gloss) to enliven the
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.

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