unsigned wood netsuke
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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