Shigeharu Ryusai, Actor Nakamura Utaemon III as Shoki the Demon Hunter

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Artist: Shigeharu Ryusai (1802-1852)
Title: Actor Nakamura Utaemon III Plays as Shoki, the Vanquisher of Ghost, from Shichihenge
Publisher: Wataya Kihei
Date: 1827-1828
Size: 37.4 x 24.8 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Shigeharu Ryusai, shoki, demon hunter, japanese mythology
Shigeharu Ryusai, shoki, demon hunter, japanese mythology Shigeharu Ryusai, shoki, demon hunter, japanese mythology

Along with Kintaro, the "golden boy" of Japanese medieval legend, Shoki the demon slayer often figures in the decorations of the spring Boy's Day Festival. As a symbol of overwhelming might, Shoki became an ideal role model for young boys in the warrior society which dominated Japan throughout most of the last millennia. In the visual culture of the Edo period (1600-1868), such imagery would have made a practical gift for a young boy facing an adverse situation such as sickness, with Shoki representing the power to push on and defeat any enemy before him.

Shigeharu Ryusai


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Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistShigeharu Ryusai
SubjectKabuki Theatre, Ghosts & Religion
Dimensions37.4 x 24.8 cm
Condition ReportDiscolouration, foxing. Light creases. Paper residue and stamp on the back.
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