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Manjū netsuke depicting Shōki the Demon Queller with two demons

  • Description

    Shōki the Demon Queller with a captured demon under his arm. Another demon makes a quick getaway and scrambles up a tree to hide. Shōki is also depicted in the print EA1971.186.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    Date
    mid-19th century
    Artist/maker
    Hōjitsu Meikeisai (c. 1800 - 1872)
    Material and technique
    ivory, probably lathe-turned, with carved decoration, and stained with red and black pigment
    Dimensions
    2.6 cm (height)
    5.15 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
    formed carved,
    Object type index
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Bequeathed by Dr Monica Barnett, 2001.
    Accession no.
    EA2001.90
  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 23 April-22 September 2013, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Joyce Seaman, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 15 on p. 54, illus. p. 55

Glossary (3)

Manjū, Shōki, netsuke

  • Manjū

    The manjū is a type of netsuke or toggle which takes its name from a round, sweet, bean paste-filled bun. A greater dynamism can often be achieved on the front and back of the netsuke than with other three-dimensional carving.

  • Shōki

    Zhong Kui, or Shōki in Japanese, is a figure from Chinese folklore who appeared to the ailing 8th century Chinese Emperor Xuanzong in a dream and dispatched the demons that were haunting him. Shōki promised the Emperor that he would rid the world of demon

  • netsuke

    The netsuke is a form of toggle that was used to secure personal items suspended on cords from the kimono sash. These items included purses, medicine cases or tobacco paraphernalia.

Location

    • currently in research collection

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