This is one of the original works of Tokisada Nakamura, who signs as Masatoshi in this miniature sculpture that depicts Oni, the little demon, crossing a river in the company of a Man and a Woman. The Oni is carrying a skull ended mast, and he is holding on to the woman's arm. The man is carrying, over his left shoulder, a large Mokugyo and a couple of giant lotus flowers. He is picking up his robe to prevent it from getting wet. The base where the three chracters stand has a hole in the middle that serves as chimney himotoshi.
Very detailed carving that is signed Masatoshi on the bottom, right next to the cord hole.
Masatoshi was born in 1915 in Tokyo, He descended from a long line of carvers of Buddhist images. He is famous for his intricate, detailed carvings. He was a favorite of Raymnond Bushell, the re-known netsuke author.
Netsuke measures 0.75 inches (1.9cm) wide, 1.58 inches (4.0cm) long, and 0.94 inches (2.4cm) tall. It is in excellent preserved condition.