A wood netsuke in the form of a severed head of a Nio. The guardian king’s head is carved expressively, with glaring eyes, opened mouth and splendidly carved hair tied into a top knot. The underside with the fleshy structure, revealing that this is in fact a ‘real’ Nio and not a sculpture, and angled himotoshi. Severed heads from battle were a popular theme in Japanese art, however the motif of a severed Nio head is quite rare.
HEIGHT 3.9 CM
Condition: Excellent condition
Provenance: European private collection