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Shōki Comes to Life from a Hanging Scroll
Edo period (1615–1868)
first half 19th century
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); W. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm); D. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Not on view
Shōki, the demon-queller, comes to life and emerges from a hanging scroll. He menaces a little demon (oni) with his raised sword, while another gleefully escapes to the back of the netsuke. Images of Shōki were thought to ward off demons.
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