1800's, excellently hand-carved Japanese mix-materials netsuke depicting Okame performing the Japanese custom of Mamemaki (bean scattering) during Setsubun (the day before the beginning of Spring) to cleanse away all the evil (demons) of the former year, and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. In the scene depicted by the netsuke, Okame is covering her face while grinning when she sees the Oni's (demons) trying to hide from the beans that she is throwing and that are landing on top of them. Wonderfully detailed version of the Oni behind her who is using his right hand to cover his head. Signed Tomochika on the bottom of the box where Okame is sitting.
Netsuke measures 1.08 inches (2.7cm) wide, and 1.16 inches (3.0cm) tall. It is in outstanding preserved condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.
This netsuke was made prior to 1900, during the early 19th century, in other words, sometime between 1800 and 1849.
Note: A reference to carver Tomochika, and his signature may be found on pages 1148 and 1152 of George Lazarnick's 'Netsuke and Inro Artists and how to Read their Signatures