Okame in Oniyarai Ritual - 5518

Not signed, Japan

Okame in Oniyarai Ritual
I half 19th century
wood   glass  
6,6x2,9x2,6 cm
2005 bequest Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Inv. 5518

The netsuke represents Okame standing, wearing a large kimono decorated with floral motifs made of small pieces of colored glass stones (red and green). With her left hand she holds a wooden measure box for rice (masu, 枡) that contains dried beans (mame, 豆) and with the right hand she is about to throw some of them. The two holes of the himotoshi are on the back, in the vicinity of the pelvis.

The original ritual depicted in this piece was said oniyarai (儺), and had the objective to chase away evil spirits. Later it bacame Setsubun, traditional annual event held usually around February 3rd during which dried beans were thrown (mamemaki, 豆撒き), while screaming "Demons out! Luck in!" (鬼は外! 福は内! Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!).

The subject of the Okame in the oniyarai ritual is present in the Lanfranchi collection also in a group signed Gyokushu.


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