Japanese Okimono Figurines

Okimono ivory figurines are Japanese works of art that date back to the Edo period (1615-1868) but gained popularity in the Meiji period (1868-1912). During this period, American trading vessels began sailing to Japan from New England, where marine ivory scrimshaw carvings were well known.

That trading route came to greatly influence a demand for Japanese works of art such as netsuke – miniature sculptures made from Japanese carved ivory that represent the culture’s habits and mythology.

Due to this new demand, Japanese metalworkers began to create okimonos to appeal to the Western audience. There are two classifications of ivory okinomos, based on trends in carving. The first includes pieces that contain chisel marks by the artist, which is admired by some Japanese art enthusiasts; the second includes works that are smoother, without chisel marks, considered the result of good craftsmanship. <a href=”https://www.invaluable.com/japanese-netsuke/sc-HWY0N8NQVO/”>Japanese netsuke</a> is another form art which appealed to the western audiences and became a popular export.

 

Quick Facts

  • The word okimono means “object of display”
  • Ivory Okimonos were made as ornamental carvings for the tokonoma, a decorative alcove that is a vital part of a Japanese home and is used for the display of paintings, pottery, art, and flower arrangements
  • A rare iron okimono of a dragon with a moving head, leg joints, mouth and ears sold at Bonhams’ Fine Japanese Art sale in November 2010 for £120,000

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A JAPANESE STUDIO PORCELAIN OKIMONO OF A COCKEREL AND A HEN BY SEIKO, MEIJI PERIOD (1868-1912)
Oct 18, 12:00 PM AEDT
A JAPANESE STUDIO PORCELAIN OKIMONO OF A COCKEREL AND A HEN BY SEIKO, MEIJI PERIOD (1868-1912)
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD7001 Bid
Ivory okimono rat group on snow peas, late 19th C.
Oct 26, 3:00 PM EDT
Ivory okimono rat group on snow peas, late 19th C.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Ivory okimono 4 monkeys and Mokugyo.
Oct 26, 3:00 PM EDT
Ivory okimono 4 monkeys and Mokugyo.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
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A JAPANESE STUDIO CELADON OKIMONO BY MIYANAGA TOZAN (1868-1941), CIRCA 1920
Oct 18, 12:00 PM AEDT
A JAPANESE STUDIO CELADON OKIMONO BY MIYANAGA TOZAN (1868-1941), CIRCA 1920
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD4500 Bids
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A JAPANESE STUDIO OKIMONO OF KANNON BY ZOROKU MASHIMIZU, MEIJI PERIOD (1868-1912)
Oct 18, 12:00 PM AEDT
A JAPANESE STUDIO OKIMONO OF KANNON BY ZOROKU MASHIMIZU, MEIJI PERIOD (1868-1912)
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3500 Bids
Okimono: Traveler, Carving Tokyo School (1868-1912)
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Okimono: Traveler, Carving Tokyo School (1868-1912)
by Zikorn Arts
Est: $2,500- $6,000
$1,0000 Bids
JAPANESE GILT LACQUER INRO FEATURING A HORSE
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE GILT LACQUER INRO FEATURING A HORSE
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,400
$5000 Bids
Sumptuous Japan Okimono "demons musicians" 19th Sizes: H=90mm L=70mm Weight (K): 0,158kg <
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Sumptuous Japan Okimono "demons musicians" 19th Sizes: H=90mm L=70mm Weight (K): 0,158kg <
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €600- €1,200
€6000 Bids
Sumptuous Japan Okimono signed Masatsugu carved with monkeys and a rabbit 19th Sizes: H=90mm L=
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Sumptuous Japan Okimono signed Masatsugu carved with monkeys and a rabbit 19th Sizes: H=90mm L=
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €1,500- €3,000
€1,5000 Bids
Japan imposing Okimono carved of a warrior and a young woman 19th Sizes: H=190mm L=100mm W
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Japan imposing Okimono carved of a warrior and a young woman 19th Sizes: H=190mm L=100mm W
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €800- €1,200
€8000 Bids
Japan Okimono carved with a fight signed Asahi Gyokuzan 19th Sizes: H=95mm L=65mm Weight
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Japan Okimono carved with a fight signed Asahi Gyokuzan 19th Sizes: H=95mm L=65mm Weight
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €800- €1,500
€8000 Bids
Important Japan Okimono carved with a Meiji era warrior signature Sizes: H=370mm L=180mm W
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Important Japan Okimono carved with a Meiji era warrior signature Sizes: H=370mm L=180mm W
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €600- €800
€6000 Bids
Japan Okimono carved with peasants 19th Sizes: H=90mm L=80mm Weight (K): 0,116kg Cond
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Japan Okimono carved with peasants 19th Sizes: H=90mm L=80mm Weight (K): 0,116kg Cond
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
Japan Okimono carved of a cook 19th Sizes: H=70mm L=70mm Weight (K): 0,088kg Conditio
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Japan Okimono carved of a cook 19th Sizes: H=70mm L=70mm Weight (K): 0,088kg Conditio
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
Japan Okimono carved from a 19th century family Sizes: H=90mm L=55mm Weight (K): 0,111kg <
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Japan Okimono carved from a 19th century family Sizes: H=90mm L=55mm Weight (K): 0,111kg <
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
Japan Okimono carved of a young boy with a goose 19th Sizes: H=140mm L=90mm Weight (K): 0,
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Japan Okimono carved of a young boy with a goose 19th Sizes: H=140mm L=90mm Weight (K): 0,
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €400- €800
€4000 Bids
Japanese sword Meiji shagreen handle Sizes: L=530mm Lame L=300mm Weight (K): 0,515kg
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
Japanese sword Meiji shagreen handle Sizes: L=530mm Lame L=300mm Weight (K): 0,515kg
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €150- €300
€1400 Bids
A JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY SMALL OKIMONO OF A RAT CATCHER, the man leaning over his trap with the ra
Oct 20, 10:30 AM BST
A JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY SMALL OKIMONO OF A RAT CATCHER, the man leaning over his trap with the ra
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £180- £220
£1600 Bids
A JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY OKIMONO, depicting a woman in traditio
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD CARVED IVORY OKIMONO, depicting a woman in traditio
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £200- £400
£1200 Bids
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Pair of antique Japanese (Chinese?) porcelain sake cups with a seal
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of antique Japanese (Chinese?) porcelain sake cups with a seal
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$800 Bids
Okimono
Oct 19, 10:00 AM CEST
Okimono
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
† A 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD TOKYO SCHOOL CARVED IVORY OKIMONO
Oct 21, 10:00 AM BST
† A 19TH CENTURY JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD TOKYO SCHOOL CARVED IVORY OKIMONO
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids

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