Shōki Comes to Life from a Hanging Scroll

Shūōsai Japanese

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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.

Shōki Comes to Life from a Hanging Scroll, Shūōsai, Ivory, Japan

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