A hammered silver okimono of the legendary Hotei, one of the Seven Lucky Gods, resting on his sack of “precious things”. He holds an uchiwa in hand, his robes eddying about his ample body. Distinctive features of this god of mirth are his joyful demeanor and friendly grin. Signed Masayoshi on the base, includes tomobako. This finely hammered silver okimono is in excellent condition. Height: 8.25”, length: 15” Meiji Period, Japan
DESCRIPTION: In this appealing ivory okimono we see three oni who have captured Shoki’s hat and are clambering over it with glee. Demonstrating fine detail, we see the demons’ mischievous natures in their faces, the fine work in their clothing and the elaborate designs on Shoki’s pointed cap. Signed in a red cartouche on the underside of the hat, this okimono is in excellent condition with a nice patina and mellow wear; Meiji Period, 19th C...
A vibrant bronze and multi-metal figure of Daruma with gold detailing. The founder of Zen Buddhism, fully awake after his long meditation, stands erect upon a rocky plinth, his robes swirling around him. His wide-open gilt and shakudo eyes, realistically sculpt body and facial features work well with the stylized movements of his garments, lending an air of mystery to this imposing figure. Daruma is a special deity in Japan...
Featuring a fine Japanese Meiji carving of monkey trainer with monkey on his shoulder peering through a hoop. The man is holding a piece of fruit for which the monkey is reaching. The features of the man are well carved as is the entire piece. The patina is fine and rich which is found on older pieces. The ivory grains are well defined. Dates circa 1890. Dimensions: 6.25" tall x 2.5" wide at base and 2 1/8" deep at base. Weight approximately 11 ounces...
This a small but handsome wooden sculpture of a famous scholar of the Heian Period - see Footnote. The piece measures 3.3" (8.4cm) high by 2" (5.2cm) and is 3.5" (8.9cm) wide - it weighs 1.2 ounces (34 grams). While the entire piece is covered with years of incense smoke, the man still can be seen to have a very beautiful and calm face. It is in excellent condition - just a few flakes missing from back of the tall piece on his headdress...
Here we have a fine statue of the great monk Kukai - also known as Kōbō-Daishi - seated in a golden throne. As is almost always the case, he is shown seated with his legs under him and his pair of shoes resting on a lower rung. The piece measures 4.3" wide by 2.6" deep and is 4.3" high. It is contained in a small box with the front piece missing. It is in generally very good condition for such an old and fragile piece of metalwork...
A small but very charming, roughly-carved wooden image depicting Sen no Rikyu (1522–1591), the founder of Japanese tea ceremony carved in hardwood. The tea master is seated cross-legged with his hands hidden within the robe. Signed on the bottom by the artist. Edo period, probably mid-18th century. H 11 cm. Condition: Excellent. A great collector's item for Japanese Tea Culture lovers!
This is a remarkable boxwood okimono of a carpenter at work. The scene depicts the carpenter giving his tansu finishing touches with an ivory carving knife. The ivory used in this arkwork is minimal, considerably less than 20 percent.)This okimono is carved and incised meticulously with attention to every detail - all sides of the cabinet - its doors, drawers and hardware realistically carved. Signed SHUNKO on the base. Height: 5" Meiji Period, Japan
A charming and delightful Japanese wood okimono of three puppies with playful expressions, their fur expertly incised, their eyes inlaid with amber. Length: 6.75” Meiji Period, Japan This wood okimono is in excellent condition.
Japanese burlwood vase for ikebana, or floral arrangements. Has a dark finish, lots of interesting shapes and patterns, and a large hollow area. 20th century.
Size: 16.5" height, 8.5" width
A very finely carved OKINOMO Pot-Belly Pig, high-grade exotic wood, Meiji Period (1886-1912). This Okinomo is of course ideal for those born in the year of the Pig. The Pig symbolizes "Good Fortune & Prosperity". Excellent condition, size: L. 5.5 cm. (2 1/4")
A heartwarming okimono carved of stained boxwood. Rendered in energetic strokes, the sculpture depicts a karako (Chinese boy) assisting a sage as he struggles for balance with the aid of his walking staff. The wise man wraps his arms around the attentive young boy, the imagery highlighting the honored Asian tradition of filial piety. Incised signature of Hatitsu on the base. This boxwood okimono is in very good condition.
Meiji Period, Japan
A rare Imari porcelain sculpture of a standing aristocrat. A man of noble mien, the figure is garbed in an intricately patterned kimono and overcoat with polychrome colors and gilt details. He holds in his hands an open fan and woven hat. This unusual and charming Imari piece is enameled in a range of crisp and jewel-toned enamel colors, striking on the white porcelain...
Cute and whimsical Japanese wooden carving of a pekinese dog, laying down with a playful expression and its small, red tongue sticking out. It wears a green ruffle collar, tied in back with a red bow. The craftsmanship is wonderful and extremely ornate and detailed. It is carved completely even underneath its body. Taisho period (1912-1925)
Size: 5.5" height, 12.75" length
A remarkable stained boxwood okimono of a macaque family. The female holds a persimmon, still on its branch, away from her youngsters’ reach. This sculpture, by a noted Edo Period carver, uses multiple carving techniques and realistic doubly-inlaid eyes. Hokyudo Itsumin (1830-67) signature on base. Itsumin was a recognized mid-19th Century carver of both wood and ivory. He mainly produced figures and animals.
Mid-19th Century, Japan
A delightful silver and gilt okimono of Daikoku in traditional garb, mallet in hand. Smiling happily with one hand upon his knee, he sits upon a silver-lined, hinged box sculpt as a large gilt, rice bale...
An expressive study of a young kylin with a wooly fleece, its body boldly carved, his new horn barely visible. (The kylin is a fantastic beast, highly regarded in East Asian cultures with auspicious connotations.) This charming okimono is in excellent condition.
Height: 8.75”, length: 7”
18th Century, Edo Period, Japan