Two oni hiding - 5715

Titolo: 
Two oni
Numero di Inventario: 
5715
Tipologia: 
netsuke
Collezione: 

East

Parole chiave soggetto: 
Two oni
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Not signed, Japan
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
II half 19th century
Materia e Tecnica: 
ivory
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
2005
Acquisizione: 
Maria Taglietti Lanfranchi
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest

The netsuke depicts two oni (devils, 鬼) that are trying to avoid the dry beans throwing, a traditional New Year’s day  exorcism, accompanied by the formula of the Oni yarai, "Go away devils!". One of the two devils looks like he survived the difficult situation, hiding into a box with some openings from which his head and his limbs come out; the other is in a very dangerous situation: he is trying to climb on the box holding his head in his hands, while the beans have already hit him: one on the shoulders and two on his buttocks.

In the Lanfranchi collection the Oni yarai theme is also represented by an okimono made by Gyokushu.

 G.R.

 

AC/DC: 
DC