Ivory Netsuke Devil (Oni) Mask signed by Hiroyuki
Oni are creatures from Japanese folklore, variously depicted as demons or devils. They are popular characters in Japanese art, literature and theatre. Oni now, however, have lost some of their original wickedness, and sometimes take on a more protective function, although many villages still hold yearly ceremonies to drive away Oni, particularly at the beginning of Spring. This ivory netsuke of Oni is a superb example of the modern master Hiroyuki, and is signed on the back with the standard holes (Himo-toshi), so as to hand from the Inro properly. Approximate age: 1930’s. It is exceptionally detailed with deep carving. Dimensions: 1 ¼”w x 1 ½’h x ¾””d
NOTE: Thanks to preservation efforts, animals and endangered materials (e.g. ivory and rare woods) are conservatively used today, if not banned altogether. However, we recognize that these materials have been important since ancient times for making a wide range of functional and decorative items. We only feature antique ivory and rare tree species because, while we support conservation, we truly feel that the experience and appreciation of historic artifacts should also be preserved.