Musha Ningyo of Shoki the Demon Queller, mid-19th Century late Edo early Meiji Period. An unusually large and
early version holding a captured Oni (demon). This is a rare find for this
subject. He is powerful and majestic. His face carved of wood with crystal
eyes and massive beard and hair made of silk is a masterwork. He wears a
Chinese cap and a robe with gorgeous, sumptuous brocades. According to Japanese
folklore, the spirit of Shōki is able to scare away demons. Families with
male children even today display Ningyo of Shōki to ward off evil spirits
during the Boys' Day festival (Tango no Sekku, May 5th of each year). 23 inches (58.5cm) high.