H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); W. 1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm); D. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Not on view
Shōki, the demon-queller, comes to life and emerges from a hanging scroll. He menaces a little demon (oni) with his raised sword, while another gleefully escapes to the back of the netsuke. Images of Shōki were thought to ward off demons.
Signature: Shu ō sai
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA, until 1910; sold to Sage]. ; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (until 1910; donated to MMA).
Artist: Ganbun (Japanese, active until 1870s)Date: mid-19th centuryMedium: Single case; lacquered wood imitating bamboo with pewter and silver inlay and gold hiramaki-e Netsuke: bamboo; lacquered wood with gold hiramaki-e and stained ivory inlay Ojime: snail; copperAccession: 13.67.10On view in:Gallery 223
Date: second half of the 19th centuryMedium: Sheath shape; lacquered wood with gold and silver takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, and colored ivory inlay on gold lacquer ground Netsuke: kagamibuta type, lotus pad with frog; stained ivory and metal Ojime: agate beadAccession: 29.100.874On view in:Gallery 223