Ivory netsuke depicting Shoki with an oni on his hat. Amongst the most classic subjects for a netsuke. In this case Shoki is depicted with Dutch clothing, along with the Portuguese they were one of the first to enter Japan in the 16th century and non exactly welcomed.
There is a mix of irony and history in this netsuke. It references the legend where oni is always captured by Skoki, who chases him all over the place with his sword. But in this case he doesn't seem to notice that he is actually sitting on top of his hat, which is a clear reference to the stupidity of the invading people.
Very good condition.
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Original certificate compiled by Luca Mastromauro, an expert in Japanese art, registered with Milan Chamber of Commerce (number: 2617), which will be sent with the lot.
Copy of certificate of antiquity to be included with the item, which conforms with the international CITES regulations, drawn up by CESAR centre of studies for archaeometry with offices in London, Milan and Rome. The original is only available upon request.
This item cannot be sold to buyers outside the EU.
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- Periodo Meiji (1868 -1912)
- Región / País de origen
- Título de la obra de arte
- Unusual and Rare - Shoki with an oni on the hat
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- 7×3.5×2 cm