Okimono  

 

Okimono of a mouse with shakudo-washed eyes and whiskers resting contentedly on a feather fan; cast seal-form signature in a rectangular cartouche; Bronze; Meiji period (1868-1912); Japan. 11 inches (27.9 cm) long.

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A boxwood okimono of a group of chestnuts (one peeled exposing its inner seed) and an exotic nut resembling a peony blossom with overlapping pods; acompanied by its original inscribed tomobako; 19th century; Japan. 5.25 inches (13.3 cm) long.

 

Fine boxwood okimono of a cockerel and hen perched on a stone lantern; hen is pecking at a sprig of ivy at their feet; excellent detail to texture of feathers and feet; their bodies are arranged in a circle following the shape of the lantern; double-inlaid horn pupils; Boxwood; Meiji period (1868-1912); Japan. 8.75 inches (22.2 cm) high.

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Okimono of a kneeling karako holding a ball at his side with one hand and resting his other hand on his lap; dated the second month of the forty-first year of the Meiji period; Wood; Japan. 2.88 inches (7.3 cm) high.

 

A pair of okimono portraits of the Kasahara couples; each realistically carved from a single block of hinoki wood; inscribed identifications of the couples; signed by the artist, Kobayashi Teigo; dated autumn of 1943, Showa period; Japan. The heights are 16.25 inches (41.50 cm) and 13.25 inches (33.75 cm) respectively. Original inscribed wooden Kobako; attached with a receipt from the artist, four original photographs of the couples as models and finished sculptures, and two postcards illustrating the artist's works at various exhibitions.

 

 

A model of a white horse in full regalia made for presentation to the imperial family; finely-chased metal fittings; green glass (simulating jadeite) ornaments; gold foil straps and decorations with bells attached; silk and lacquered wood saddle with mon (family crest); tama emblem on back; horsehair mane and tail; Gesso; Meiji; Japan. 22 inches (55.9 cm) high; 23 inches (58.4 cm) long.

 

Last updated 20/05/2004 Michelle Lin