Manjū netsuke depicting an oni peering at Shōki the Demon QuellerOn display
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Manjū netsuke depicting an oni peering at Shōki the Demon Queller
Artist/makerIsshinsai Masayuki (active 2nd half of the 19th century)
Date2nd half of the 19th century
Material and technique
ivory, with carved decoration, and stained with pigment
Dimensions2.3 cm (height)
5.9 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Dr Monica Barnett, 2001.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 37 | Japan 1600 - 1850
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Glossary of terms
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.
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
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.
A Japanese demon.
Seaman, Joyce, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 13 on p. 48, illus. pp. 49, 50 & 51