Japanese Wood Netsuke
Gyokuzan. Circa: early 20th century
H 1.5 in.(4cm), W 1.5 in. (4cm), D
1 in. (2.5cm)
were hundreds fantastic demons and ghosts in Japanese folklore. Bakemono is a
kind of goblin in a humanoid form capable of benevolent and malevolent actions.
In this large boxwood carving, the grimacing Bakemono in a monk robe is identified
as Onyudo, or Obozu, the Big Monk. He is holding a snake staff, with a large malicious
smile baring two rows of sharp teeth, in addition to two bulging eyes, he has
a large third-eye that could petrify people in one gaze. The close grained netsuke
is tactile and well preserved in glossy finish chestnut brown; likely created
in the late Meiji or Taisho eras, signed on one foot by Gyokuzan.
Estimated Value: $700
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