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Japanese Wood Netsuke Carved as an Oni Mask

Japanese Wood Netsuke Carved as an Oni Mask


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1306522

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A striking dark wood netsuke mask of a grimacing oni, two small horns visible atop its head. Typically inspired by Noh play characters, this oni mask netsuke is carved in the manner of actual Noh masks. The anonymous netsuke carver emphasized the contours around the eyes, nose and mouth with deeply carved grooves resulting in a highly dramatic artwork. This netsuke is in excellent condition with rich patina. Length: 2” 19th Century, Japan