By Tomomasa, signed Tomomasa 友正
Japan, Edo/Tokyo, second half of 19th century
Finely carved and stained, depicting an oni seated in a shallow basket filled with water and washing himself with a towel. One leg is tucked under his body and the other is hanging out, as the oni’s large and muscular body barely fits into the small tub. The devil has long curly hair and small, sharp horns and is grinning, showing his sharp teeth and fangs. The eyes are inlaid in dark horn. The underside with the oni’s tiger skin loincloth and the two himotoshi, one larger than the other, as well as the signature TOMOMASA.
HEIGHT 3.5 cm, LENGTH 4 cm
Condition: Good condition. The loin cloth with a chip to the edge. The staining typically worn at the high points.
Provenance: Old Viennese private collection assembled within the same family over three generations.
Compare to a very similar netsuke by Kihodo Masaka, sold at Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, 27 April 2019, Vienna, lot 261 (sold for 5,913 EUR).
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