Carved ivory group (okimono) of a puppet player and two children, 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

Ivory carving of a puppet player holding a puppet with two small symbols, with two young children standing at his feet. No markings.

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