Shoki and Demon

Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 (1797-1861)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1850
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 36.1 x 24.6 cm (14 3/16 x 9 11/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.188
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, demon, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, oban, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance, Zhong Kui
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Shoki was a natural subject for Kuniyoshi, who was renowned for his print series of Chinese and Japanese warriors and heroes. In a dynamic composition that fills the page, Shoki bristles with energy as he grasps a small demon in one hand and a sword in the other. The broad, modulated lines with which the figure is delineated intentionally replicate the brushstrokes of ink painting.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 103, pp. 258, 261.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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