Japanese Carved Netsuke Shoki
Signature: Gyokuzan, Circa: 19th Century
H 1.75in.(4.5cm), W 1.5 in.(4cm), D 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: hairlines, o.a. very good!
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is a Buddhist deity who in China and Japan is celebrated as a vanquisher of demons.
In this 19th century netsuke, Shoki is shown with two very mischievous oni. One,
oni irreverently bathes inside a pot that is placed upon an impossibly high table
while the other dashes under the table just out of the grasp of Shoki. Both of
the oni have finely detailed features that are not so much fearsome as reminiscent
of very naughty exceedingly rambunctious children who are out on a high-spirited
binge. Shoki himself exudes power. He carries a sword and stands over a titled
book. His loosely hung kimono displays intricate textile designs and the details
in his face are astoundingly life-like. Behind Shoki sits a cloth bag full of
treasure waiting to be opened and discovered. Beyond
the perception of the naked eye, each character in this mis-en-scene is exquisitely
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