Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
A large, powerful, and boldly carved wood netsuke depicting the demon queller Shoki, grim-faced as usual, holding his ken-sword pointing downwards. He is wearing his typical headpiece and a loosely fitted robe adorned with finely incised geometrical patterns and with masterfully accentuated garment folds, his sleeves draping down to his waist, one of them forming one of the himotoshi, the other shaped as a large, pierced hole. The most striking feature is certainly the facial expression. Shoki is bellowing with rage, his mighty moan making his finely carved beard flow to the sides.
HEIGHT 10.6 cm
Condition: Both feet are likely restored. Some minor surface wear and tiny nicks to the edges. All as is to be expected from a tall figure of this age. Generally, in good condition.
Provenance: US private collection.
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