A weeping oni, with one clawed hand over his face and the other holding a rosary, is lamenting the severed hand of the demon Rashomon. The world of demons went into deep despair after Watanabe no Tsuna severed Rashomon’s arm in the year 976. This event is parodied in netsuke art, as really it was only a ‘drop in the ocean’. The demon’s muscular arm is clenched into a fist, showing its might. Small himotoshi through one of the buttocks of the oni.
HEIGHT 3 cm
Provenance: British collection.
Condition: The rosary is chipped, one minor age crack, fine yellowish patina to the backside.