|Okimono||22nd May 2013|
OKIMONOOkimono are purely ornamental, finely sculptured objects for display and admiration of skill alone. From the 18th Century onwards, bronze okimono were made for the tokonoma (dislay alcove) in the form of insects, reptiles, animals and legendary characters. It was not until the late 19th Century that a huge and sudden foreign demand for these ornamental objects saw an increase in the styles and mediums used for okimono, the best often using a mixture of wood, ivory, metal and fine inlay. Thoes pieces produced during the golden age of okimono (1880-1920) often reflect two cultures, the West in style and influence and the East in technical skill.
An Ivory Okimono Of An Old lady and A Boy #258A japanese ivory okimono of a traditionally dressed old lady holding a young boy, signed Hakunn. Meiji Period 1868-1912. Size 11 3/4" high x 3 1/2" wide.
Postage cost £39.95
An Ivory Okimono Of A Woodsman And A Boy #257A fine ivory okimono scene of a woodsman watching a boy sailing his toy boat by a river bank. Signed. Standing on a wooden base. Meiji Period 1868-1912. Size 4 1/2" long x 4 3/4" high x 3 3/4" deep.
An Ivory Okimono Of A Farmer Sowing Seeds #259An ivory okimono in the form of a farmer sowing seeds from a basket. Meiji Period 1868-1912. Size 5 1/4" high x 2 1/4" wide.
Postage cost £29.95
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