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Netsuke, 19th C., Raden and Raitaro

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Netsuke, 19th C., Raden and Raitaro
Height 3,2 cm. Signature: Tomomasa. Demons from the japanese tradition - Onis - are often represented by netsukeshis more irreverent than threatening and, like the sprites of our forests, we well-like more than fear them. In this scene two Onis, the smaller on the shoulder of the elder, are reading a scroll, probably stolen to his owner, as to make fun of the humans with their interest for culture. It is a confrontation between the instinctive side of us - represented by this demons, always impulsive and brutal - and the rational and creative one, which is represented by the written scroll.

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