Shōki Capturing a Demon in a Dream

Shōki is known as the Demon Queller. This name arose from a story involving the eighth-century Chinese Emperor Xuanzong who, troubled by demons, had become sick. Shōki appeared to him in a dream and demonstrated that he could quell the demons. He explained to the emperor that after failing his civil examinations he had committed suicide in shame. His way of helping the nation was to rid it of these malicious creatures. The Emperor was so relieved that he recovered and restored Shōki’s honour with a full ceremonial burial. Shōki is also depicted on the netsuke EA2001.90.


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Further reading

Seaman, Joyce, Manjū: Netsuke from the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), illus. p. 20 fig. 23

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