Unsigned netsuke of an oni

Oni wooden netsuke from Rosemary Bandini

A wood netsuke of an oni. The little devil grimaces in pain as he applies a moxa to his leg. He sits hunched with his head turned to the side as he attempts an air of nonchalance, belied by the lop-sided downturn of his mouth. Clad only in a loincloth, its hair straggles down its plump, muscular back. The moxa is inlaid in coral.

Oni wooden netsuke from Rosemary Bandini
Oni wooden netsuke from Rosemary Bandini
Oni wooden netsuke from Rosemary Bandini

Height: 3.8cm

Moxibustion is a traditional medical treatment in Japan and the Far East. It consists of burning pellets of dried ground mugwort, along the same points used in acupuncture.