A Japanese patinated netsuke depicting a crying oni on the cutted Ibakari arm holding a Buddhist rosary on the right arm.
For a similar examplee see the Lanfranchi collection – Poldi Pezzoli museum Milan.
According to a legend of the late 10th century (Japanese Heian Era), Ibaraki-doji, a notorious ‘Oni’, haunted the Rashomon Gate in Kyoto, harassing those trying to pass through the gate, until a heroic samurai called Watanabe no Tsuna challenged Ibaraki-doji with extreme courage. The battle went on until Tsuna drew his ‘katana’ and cut off the daemon’s arm.
Depicted in this netsuke is an imp crying over the arm of his daemon friend.
Edo period 1750-1800
Sizes: 3,5 x 4 x 4 cm.
Condition report: Good condition