A fine and amusing ivory netsuke of the demon hunter Shoki, with drawn ken-sword, pulling an elusive oni by the hand which is hiding on top of Shoki’s wide-brimmed hat. The demon queller’s robes are flowing and finely engraved with various patterns and the oni has an inlaid black horn button. The exaggeratedly large and inlaid eyes of Shoki enhance the humor of the composition as he becomes aware of the sneaky oni hiding atop his hat. Himotoshi through the back.
HEIGHT 6.4 cm
Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Excellent condition, the ivory bearing a fine yellowish patina.