A fine Japanese ivory carving of a fierce looking, crouched oni with teeth barred in an wicked grin. Oni are creatures from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres or trolls. Popular characters in Japanese art, literature and theatre, they grew out of the religious traditions of Shintoism and Buddhism. This one holds a drum between his three-clawed hands while his feet are depicted with two claws each. A fine Tokyo School carving, it dates from the Meiji Period
Netsuke: Demon Looking in a Mirror Place of creation: Japan Date: Middle - second half of the century School: Edo (Asakusa) Material: wood Numerous netsuke carvers, particularly from Edo, depicted demons in various compositions, including a.