19th century walrus tusk okimono of Shoki the Demon Queller with a sword behind his back, a setsubun box in his hand and a terrified oni (little mischievous demon) at his feet. Setsubun ceremony is performed during the New Year by throwing beans around the house to exorcise the oni. Very well carved, wonderful faces, delicately incised textile patterns. Texture on the walrus tusk core can be seen on the bottom of the carving. Old age lines, black and red ink highlights, very beautiful wear and patina consistent with age, pleasantly heavy. Signed TOMONOBU on the bottom - this artist from Tomochika school is discussed on p. 1158 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 3 1/8 inches.