Subject:Chinese Daoist God of Culture & Literature Wenchang Wang
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Dec 25, 2022 IP: 22.214.171.124
Here's a 7-inch diameter Chinese pedestal dish with a painting of Chinese Daoist God of Culture & Literature Wenchang Wang that I used in a forum discussion forum a dozen years ago. I mentioned then having seen an indication somewhere that this deity might also be recognized in Japan as Shoki, who is based on Chinese Demon-Queller Zhong Kui.
I'd appreciate updated views by our Japanese experts whether this is the case and whether this Chinese deity has other equivalents in the Shinto or other Japanese religion.
Wenchang Wang has secondary names of Wenchang Dijun (文昌帝君), Wen Qu (文曲) or just Wen 文).
The dish is Guangxu period with intaglio Stamp of "Made during the Yongzheng Reign of the Great Qing Dynasty".
All help appreciated,