Japanese scroll painted with red ink on paper depicting Shoki the Demon Queller with a drawn sword in his hands. The image of Shoki as a powerful and benevolent figure and use of red ink indicate that the scroll was hung in the home as a protection against smallpox. Wonderful expressive painting - see his severe facial expression, detailing of his hair and beard, flow of his robe and beautifully executed ink washes. Paper mounts, wooden scroll ends. Inscribed FUJIWARA NO MUGURASAKO KINGA followed by kakihan (monogram of the artist). Inscription can be translated as “respectfully drawn by Mugurasako of the Fujiwara clan”. Scroll size 66x16 inches, painting size 36x11.5 inches.