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ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

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ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby Vlad » Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:56 pm

Yesterday I bought this fuchi/kashira set with a subject described as ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi (the tools to expel the ONI) from a reputable Japanese dealer. All I can see is the oni itself, some looking like oak leafs and a fish head on a stick. I shall assume these attributes should have some particular meaning to expel oni and depicted across different art forms, but have never come across them before. Are there particular legends, traditions, rituals with use of these objects someone can share?
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Re: ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby AFNetsuke » Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:15 am

At Setsubun Oni are driven out of the house. Holly (prickly leaves) branches may be used and nailing dried sardines over the door keeps them from re-entering. The use of the word "tools" may have misled you into looking for something other than these products of nature as I'm sure you knew this already.
Great item! Any age estimate?
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Re: ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby lohrberg » Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:45 pm

Hello Vlad,

Alan gave already the correct hint. Please pull Barry Davies' book "Netsuke and Inro from European Collections", 2002 from your bookshelf. See the netsuke # 25 with further reference to Weber, Koji Hoten.

The design of Oni in connection with Holly may be rare, but nevertheless can be seen sometimes,

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Re: ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby Vlad » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:18 pm

Thank you both! Found it.

The set is not signed, Alan, so all we can tell is late 18th-early 19th.
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Re: ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby chonchon » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:23 pm

A really lovely set Vlad. Congratulations.

The paperwork says Nara, late Edo, and the theme is described as Setsubun. There is a further explanation of the Setsubun connection in the blurry writing on the left.
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Re: ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby Vlad » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:35 pm

Thank you, Piers. Here is a better picture of the NTKK Certificate. I am not sure about the color, so it will be either Hozon or Tokubetsu Hozon. The details were provided to me as follows:"Certificate by Nihon-Tosogu-Kenkyu-Kai(NTKK)
*Jury President: Makio Saruta.
(he is Director of NBTHK Osaka branch. and Author of " Tosogu-no-bi".)
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Re: ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby jbjtennyo » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:50 am

What an impressive ensemble! I really like it, and very nice to have the certificate as well. I look forward to see if Piers can translate the rest of it. Thanks for sharing, Vlad.
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Re: ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby chonchon » Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:41 pm

OK, will do. Watch this space. (Be aware that this guy broke away from the NBTHK and set himself up on his own. There seems to be much history behind the scenes there in Osaka.) :shock:
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Re: ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby Vlad » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:25 pm

Do you know something about him, Piers? The info I got was that he still was the Director of the Osaka branch... :shock:
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Re: ONI & Hiiragi-Iwashi

Postby chonchon » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:05 am

Thanks Vlad.

Starting right and working left.

It starts with "Evaluation Certificate" in large letters, and is signed on the far left by the Nihon Tosogu Kenkyu-Kai, Sword Furnishings Study Group, with a date of December Heisei 28.

Continuing from right it says Fuchi/Kashira, Setsubun, Mumei, Shinchu-Ji.
Attribution, Nara. Period, Late Edo.
Then the measurements for the Fuchi and Kashira.
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