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Vintage Japanese Bamboo Okimono
Demon Queller
Shoki Phallus

Circa: Showa, early 1900s'
H 22 in.(56cm), W 6 in.(15cm), D 5 in.(12.5cm)

Condition : very good!

An early 20th century bamboo carving of an lively Ghost Eater Shoki, whose back view appears to be a large phallus. The front view depicts the God is laughing out loud, while rolling up his sleeve and showing off his muscular arms. The animated facial expression of the deity is amusingly charming. Along with the curvature flows of his robes, and a crescent moon-shaped chopper in hand, the figure is keenly realized with a highly compact design.

Shoki, the Judge of Hell is a Buddhist deity commonly worshipped as a demon queller in China and Japan. He is frequently shown in an aggressive pose slaying demons with drawn sword. As a talisman with parallel power that averts evil, the phallus symbol is equally cherished in Japan. Traditionally the Shinto Festival of the Steel Phallus (Kanamara Matsuri) is held each spring in the city of Kawasaki. Elsewhere in the town of Komaki, a fertility festival is celebrated with a 96 inch long wooden phallus parading from shrine to shrine through the city. It is believed that the phallus can frightens off demons, offers divine protections and prosperity, matrimony harmony and fertility as well as safe childbirth.

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Shoki Bamboo Phallus
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