Shoki has a full beard and wide hat, his face showing a characteristically grim expression. Shoki is a hunter of demons, who in many depictions are a little craftier than he is. This kagamibita netsuke shows a horned oni close beside him with a gleeful expression, its head made from copper. The demon and Shoki are executed in high relief, with an iris (shobu), which is meant to dispel demons, behind them.
DIAMETER 4.2 CM
Condition: The ivory bowl with a crack, and missing the central section at the back, otherwise good condition
Provenance: British private collection