Dmitry Levit Asian Art Dmitry Levit Asian Art

19c shunga netsuke ONI & MAIDEN with wisteria

19c shunga netsuke ONI & MAIDEN with wisteria


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1400862
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19th century kagamibuta (“mirror lid”) netsuke with bronze top depicting a not-so-repentant oni with a Buddhist gong striker in one hand and a votive plaque in the other as it prostrates himself to serve as a stepping stool for a beautiful maiden who is trying to reach a branch of flowering wisteria. A subtle shunga piece alluding to a good intention and a worldly temptation ruining the attempt. Excellent quality work with copper inlays and gilding. Old turned bowl with one stabilized crack. Metal disc diameter 1 5/16 inches, bowl diameter 1 11/16 inches.