Shoki and oni netsuke

Soken Kisho

unsigned wood netsuke

18th century

Shoki and oni

height 2 7/8 in., 7.2 cm

the demon queller grimaces in satisfaction as he grasps a struggling oni by the neck, he has unsheathed his sword from the scabbard slung on his back and holds it at the ready, the dark stained wood bearing a rich patina

This composition of Shoki and oni is very similar to a design illustrated by Shumemaru in the artists' handbook Soken Kisho (see detail below) published in 1781.

For a similar study signed Ikkosai, see The Virginia Atchley Collection of Japanese Miniature Arts, no. 139.

Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art, New York, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, August 2001, no. 63


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