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A Japanese ivory netsuke depicting an oni trying to hiding himself from the throw of beans during the Mamemaki ceremony.
On February 3 of each year the Setsubun is celebrated which, according to the lunar calendar, gives way to spring and it is a ritual to drive out demons by throwing beans by saying the following phrase “oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi”.
In this netsuke we see Okame holding the box with the beans and tossing them forward as the oni hides behind her.
Edo Period mid 19th century
Sizes: 2,5 x 3,3 x 2,5 cm.
Condition report: Good condition
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