Shoki and Demon

Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 (1798-1861)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1850
Ink and color on paper
H x W (overall): 36.1 x 24.6 cm (14 3/16 x 9 11/16 in)
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

Anne van Biema collection, demon, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, oban, ukiyo-e, Zhong Kui
Provenance research underway.

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, 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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