Museum no. A.894-1910
Figure of a sleeping Shojo, a mythical creature with a liking for drinking sake. A kindly creature from Japanese mythology, Shojos live on the bottom of the sea. They have red hair and a pink or red skin and are naked but for a skirt of green seaweed. The figure here is sleeping and leaning forward into its lap, therefore the nakedness is hidden. They brew a medicinal white wine called 'shiroi sake' and other medicines. If a good person drinks the sake, it will taste delicious and heals all ailments. If consumed by a wicked person it will kill them, unless the drinker repents at once.