Oni No Nenbutsu (#19083)

Antique: Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Meiji Period (1868-1912) lacquer over wood carving of Oni No Nenbutsu (demon intoning the name of the Buddha). This is a carving of an oni (demon) who has been converted to Buddhism. He has a hammer in one hand and a bronze gong on his chest that he rings with the hammer. He is following the pattern of itinerant monks who go from place to place ringing the gong to remind people to live in a way that will bring them good kharma. Like the monk, this oni carries a receipt book that projects the idea that bad kharma must be paid for. The carving is excellent and the lacquer work brings out the humor and the vitality of the carving.


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Picture Size

2-7/8" x 1-1/4" x 1-1/8"




Lacquer over wood

SKU 19083 Category

1 in stock