Shōki Comes to Life from a Hanging Scroll

Artist: Shūōsai

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: first half 19th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); W. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm); D. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)

Classification: Netsuke

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910

Accession Number: 10.211.513


Shōki, the demon-queller, comes to life and emerges from a hanging scroll. He menaces a little demon (oni) with his raised sword, while another gleefully escapes to the back of the netsuke. Images of Shōki were thought to ward off demons.