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Zhong Kui the demon queller

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Zhong Kui

  • Zhong Kui

    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 demons.

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    • currently in research collection

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  • Modern Chinese Paintings: The Reyes Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by Shelagh Vainker

    Modern Chinese Paintings: The Reyes Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Zhong Kui, associated with upholding righteousness and opposing evil is a popular figure in Chinese legend and appears in Daoist, Buddhist and folk paintings from as early as the Tang dynasty. Shen Kuo is a famous Northern Song (960-1127) dynasty writer, and one of the first to record the legend of Zhong Kui; the Huangpu River runs through the artist's native city of Shanghai. Cheng Shifa specialised in figure painting and this powerful image is representative of his best work in the genre.

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