17. Oni

A rare, lacquered wood, carved in block form, model of a kneeling mischievous Oni with one horn and inlaid glass eyes. The overall patina is in a dark incense-stained colour. The popular demon is generally considered to be of foreign origin, although malicious and cruel they can be converted to Buddhism

Japan, Muromachi period (1336 – 1573) 
7.5 inches, 19.05cm

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