Japan, late Muromachi period (1336-1573) to early Edo period (1615-1868)
Set on a black-lacquered natural wood base and showing a grim Shoki standing next to a disciple who is kneeling and fiercely pinning down an oni, grabbing him by the neck, who is screeching in agony. The figures are painted in polychrome pigments and lacquer. The clothes of Shoki are adorned with a fine asanoha pattern, indicative of the period (see Auction comparison). The figures are separately carved and inset into the base. A very rare and expressive composition dated to the late Muromachi period (1336-1573).
HEIGHT 23.5 cm
Condition: Very good condition considering the age. There is minor flaking to lacquer and polychrome pigments. The sword of Shoki has been lost and the sword of the disciple is chipped. Some crackling, minor losses and fading to colors.
Provenance: German private collection.
Compare to a mount of a wakizashi, executed in very similar style and dated to the Muromachi period, sold at Bonhams, Arts of the Samurai, 30 October 2017, New York, lot 434 (sold for 4,000 USD).
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