Okimono "Shoki and the Oni Demons"
Workshop of Miyao Eisuke
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The sculptural composition depicts Shoki and two Oni demons. Shoki is depicted with bulging eyes and a thick beard. He is dressed as an official in a cap with gold petals tied on the back, a luxurious dressing gown decorated with mandarin ornaments and mons – symbols of prosperity in peonies, boots with a floral pattern and a belt with gold overlays. According to legend, Shoki is a demon conqueror and is most often represented in Japanese art in a warrior's pose with an outstretched sword. But in this composition, Shoki is depicted as a comic hero, crawling away from two hideous humanoid demons Oni, each with four fingers and toes, two horns on their heads, long curly hair, and a grinning face. Behind Shoki stands a menacing demon with a stick in his hand. Dressed in bracelets on his arms and legs and a short skirt with an ornament of meihua plum flowers. The second demon, dressed in a shirt decorated with chrysanthemums and bracelets on his arms and legs, is depicted squatting, laughing and pointing at Shoki with the finger of his right hand.
Signature 宮尾造 Miyao Eisuke