The tale of Zhong Kui quelling demons can be traced to the Tang dynasty (618–907) when the Emperor Minghuang (r. 712–756) was purportedly cured of an illness after dreaming about a large ghost eating demons. In this complicated groups of figures, carefully carved into the natural shape of the bamboo, Zhong Kui is shown seated on the back of a recumbent demon, while another demon offers him a cup of wine.
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