Demon queller Zhong Kui with demons
- Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
- late 17th–early 18th century
- H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm); W. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm); D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Gift of Elizabeth V. Cockcroft, Bequest of Florance Waterbury, in memory of her father, John I. Waterbury, and Gift of Robert H. Ellsworth, by exchange, 2008
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The tale of Zhong Kui quelling demons can be traced to the Tang dynasty (618–907) when the Emperor Minghuang (r. 712–756) was purportedly cured of an illness after dreaming about a large ghost eating demons. In this complicated groups of figures, carefully carved into the natural shape of the bamboo, Zhong Kui is shown seated on the back of a recumbent demon, while another demon offers him a cup of wine.