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Description Hand-drawn manuscript
Contributor Unknown (Author)
Language Japanese
Identifier Local: The Melikian Collection L2011.008.283
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Dimension: 26 x 52 1/2 in.
Note Date: ca. 1897-1903
Note Shōki (Chinaese, Zhong Kui) is an example of Chinese legend that was adapted in Japan and became a part of Japanese folklore.

Shōki is a “demon queller,” whose image is often included in the decoration for Japan’s May 5th festival . Although May 5th was believed to be the most harmful day in China, Japanese came to celebrate the day as “boys’ day.”

According to one legend, Shōki received first place on the highest level of the civil service examination, but committed suicide because the emperor Minghuang (712-756) did not honor him. Shōki’s appearance offended the emperor. Another legend tells that he failed to pass the exam and committed suicide. In either case, Shōki appeared in the dream of the sick emperor Minghuang and k... (more)
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