An ivory netsuke of Jizo, wearing earrings and naked except for a loincloth, wrestling with an oni on top of a lotus leaf. Jizo is a Boddhisattva, patron of deceased children and has the ability to open the gates of hell –typically amusing of the netsuke carver to show him wrestling with an oni. Finely carved details with some coloring. The underside with the veiny structure of the lotus leaf and a central himotoshi.
HEIGHT 2.3 cm, LENGTH 4.3 cm
Provenance: British private collection
Condition: Excellent condition.
Literature comparison: For a similar netsuke signed Rakumin see The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part A, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 160.