netsuke of an oni signed Kihodo Masaka

Kihodo Masaka ivory netsuke

Osaka, late 19th century

oni in a tub

height 1 5/8 in., 4 cm

oni bathing himself squeezes into a shallow tub, one leg tucked awkwardly under his body, the other hanging out, he leans forward as he vigorously towels his back, the tub resting on his tiger-skin loincloth, meticulously carved with well-defined musculature and lively expression, the eyes inlaid in black horn, stained to highlight details, signed Masaka to

Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art, Scholten Japanese Art, New York, August 2001, no. 65



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