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.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Signature: Shu ō sai
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA, until 1910; sold to Sage].; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (until 1910; donated to MMA).
Artist:Date: late 11th to early 12th century Accession Number: 2015.300.251a, b Date:late 11th to early 12th centuryMedium:Lacquered and gilded Japanese cypressAccession:2015.300.251a, bOn view in:Gallery 224