Prints of Sh˘ki the demon queller


Sh˘ki the demon queller (Zhong Kui in Chinese) was a favorite subject of Kuniyoshiĺs.á Kuniyoshi reportedly made a picture of Sh˘ki at the age of 12 which impressed Toyokuni I so much that he accepted Kuniyoshi as one of his pupils.á Sh˘ki is supposed to have vowed to rid the Chinese empire of demons and was adopted into folk Japanese mythology as early as the Kamakura period (1185-1392).á He is usually shown in a flowing gray robe with a Chinese scholarĺs hat.á These prints are not listed in either Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961) or Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982). The individual sheets are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.




Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotar˘

Date: 1843-1846 (censor Muramatsu Genroku)


I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.


Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Date: 3rd month of 1854


I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Kuniyoshi - Sh˘ki catching a demon


Publisher: Kikuhei

Date: 1846-1848 (censors Muramatsu and Yoshimura)


Kuniyoshi - Sh˘ki the Demon Queller, oban, c


Publisher: Ebisu-ya Sh˘shichi

Date: 1849-1852 (censors Hama and Magome)


Kuniyoshi - Sh˘ki the Demon Queller, oban, c


Another state of the above design


Key block print for the above design