19th century iron and wood netsuke in kagamibuta (mirror lid) form. The top is iron (notoriously difficult to work with) depicting a pensive oni on top of a huge 5-pronged vajra (Buddhist thunderbolt) with clouds in the background. The subject appears to be a parody on an oni weeping over a huge severed hand of a demon by Rashomon gate. Superb quality metalwork - see its face and crisply worked detailing of the vajra, expert gilding. Beautiful bowl with wonderfully grained wood bearing warm patina, must have cracked at some point, very well and steadily glued back together. Signed SHOMIN on the back of the iron plate - the artist is listed on p. 89 of KAGAMIBUTA MIRRORS OF JAPANESE LIFE AND LEGEND by Dieuwke Eijer. Metal disc diameter 1 5/16 inches, bowl diameter 1 9/16 inches.