The demon queller Shoki, dressed in flowing Chinese robes, is holding an oni aloft over his shoulder and behind his back. Shoki is exclaiming with a powerful expression while the oni’s expression is amusingly grim, he is visibly annoyed that he has been caught and is flailing his legs and pulling on the demon hunter’s beard. Considerable care has been taken in the carving of the garments, with fine folds and decorations of stylized clouds and cross-etched patterns on the sleeves. The composition is full of movement – Shoki is standing on one leg, as if he was dancing and presenting to us this stately specimen of an oni. Straight ken sword on his back next to the large and irregular himotoshi which show some wear.
HEIGHT 7.8 CM
Condition: Few age cracks and a very good patina, especially to the backside - very good condition
Provenance: European private collection