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Wood Netsuke of an Oni Trapping Shoki in a Basket

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1292164

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An amusing darkly-stained wooden netsuke carved as a mischievous oni trapping his immortal enemy Shoki, the demon queller, under a basket. The naughty demon smirks as he climbs on the basket and pushes down with both hands and feet. When flipped over, the netsuke reveals a grimacing Shoki with limbs all bent. This comical netsuke of the eternal enemies is finely carved with great patina and excellent condition. Incised signature seal on Shoki’s leg reads Mitsutame. Height: 1.5” 19th Century, Japan