Unsigned

18th century

An oni, his mouth set in a wide menacing grimace as he joins his hands on the top of  his staff. He wears a short sleeveless jacket inscribed on the back in bold lettering: Saigoku sanjusansho (the 33 places of the provinces of the West), the name of a pilgrimage to the 33 Buddhist temples in Kansai consecrated to Kannon. Horns and teeth inlaid in ivory, eyes in dark horn.

Height: 7.2cm