The demon queller, wearing a large hat with inlaid horn filial, is shown holding a straight downwards-pointing ken sword and fondling his long and flowing beard. His expression is grim, as he is thinking about hunting an oni, which is his (rather unsuccessful) trade. Shoki has inlaid eyes of black horn and his garments are flowing and decorated with stylized clouds. The backside with a good patina and the himotoshi through the underside of the scabbard, as well as the signature TOMOTADA in a rectangular reserve, however the work of a pupil. A rare motif for the school.
HEIGHT 6.2 CM
Condition: A section of the hat has been restored, few age cracks - otherwise good condition with an appealing patina
Provenance: The 40-Year collection of a London Gentleman
Auction comparison: For another netsuke after Tomotada of a Shoki see Lempertz, Netsuke aus der Sammlung Kolodotschko Teil I, Cologne, 14 Juni 2014, lot 137.