Okimono

Shõzuka Baba okimono 2024

The Hag from Hell. She is the only female official in the Buddhist hell. She is a giantess en recognised by her pendulous breasts and belly. Her bag is for the clothes she steals from the wicked dead. She lets dead children build piles of rocks that she knocks down every night. Carved in cherry wood, 14 cm high. It could be a very large netsuke but I didn’t carve a himotishi. Inlaid eyes and teeth.

Carp Okimono 2024

I carved a carp out of a yew wood log. It is 18 cm long. The eyes are made of amber with pupils inside.