Ivory carving (okimono) of a fisherman manufactured in Japan in the early Meiji period (1868-1880).

An okimono is an small, carved Japanese decorative object created specifically for display, and typically depicts domestic scenes of farmers, fishermen, and children and occasionally, studies of birds, animals and flowers.

Similar to, but larger than netsuke - which served a practical function as a fastener or toggle - okimono were often presented in the tokonoma, an interior alcove or recesss in Japanese homes for the display of pictures or decorative art objects. During the Meiji period (1868-1912), many okimono were made for export to the west.

Physical Description

Small carving of a man standing, holding a fish in his right hand. There is evidence he once held something in his left hand too. No markings. Some damage to his legs and left hand. Highlights in black.

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