This interesting and finely carved Japanese ivory okimono is a mid-19th century product. It is 4 7/8” high, 2 3/8” wide and 1 ¼” thick. It depicts one adult and two youngsters engaged in the pastime of catching bugs. One boy, on the back of the adult, waves a fly swatter in his left hand while his right hand grabs at a dragonfly over his head that is trying to escape. The second boy stands next to them straining to hold up the long insect-catching bamboo pole. The expressions on their faces are very realistic and funny: the adult has a bump on his forehead and his grimace says, “Hurry up! I can’t hold you for too long!” The boy riding on his back is shouting “Oh no! It’s going to get away!” and the youngest seems to be thinking, “What do you want me to do? Both my hands are busy!” In the struggle to stay standing, the adult has even taken off his geta. The artist’s signature “Gyokushi” is on the base. Aside from some old repairs and crack lines due to its age, this charming piece is in good condition.