A Japanese ivory netsuke of an Oni protecting himself with a big hat from the throwing of the beans applied in metal and ivory horn.
“Bean Throwing Festival” or “Bean Throwing Ceremony” is the day before the change of each season in Japan.
In its association with the lunar new year, spring setsubun can be thought of as a type of last of the year and so is accompanied by rituals to purify the evil of the previous year and drive away evil spirits from the year to come. This rite is called Mamemaki, it consists in making the father of the family wear a demon mask and throwing beans at him, exclaiming “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” Good luck! The children then collect the beans and eat one for each year of their age.
Edo period 19th century
Sizes: 3.4 × 3 × 2.3 cm.
Condition report: Good condition
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