The Demon Queller Zhong Kui Giving His Sister Away in Marriage

Full Title: 
The Demon Queller Zhong Kui Giving His Sister Away in Marriage
Culture: 
Materials: 
ink on silk
Dimensions: 
image: 24.4 cm (height) x 253.4 cm (width)
Notes: 
Here, the legendary "demon queller" Zhong Kui leads his sister to her new home accompanied by an escort of demons performing feats of martial prowess. The comic climax to this spectacle is Zhong Kui himself-stone drunk and propped atop a small donkey by three retainers while his sister sits helplessly astride a recalcitrant water buffalo. The painting illustrates a rebus: "marrying off one's sister" (jia mei) is a pun for "subjugating demons."
Location Notes: 
Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift and Rogers Fund, 1990
Repository Accession Number: 
1990.134
Repository Website: 
Description Source: 
Metropolitan Museum of Art; www.metmuseum.org
Scrolls Project ID: 
7 160 410