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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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LARGE 19TH C. JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO FIGURE
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
LARGE 19TH C. JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO FIGURE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$1,5001 Bid
LARGE 19TH C. JAPANESE OKIMONO FIGURE
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
LARGE 19TH C. JAPANESE OKIMONO FIGURE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$1,5001 Bid
A Japanese Wooden Okimono, Monkey Group
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
A Japanese Wooden Okimono, Monkey Group
by Locati LLC
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
A RARE GILT BRONZE KAKEBOTOKE FIGURE OF JIZO BOSATSU, LATE HEIAN TO EARLY KAMAKURA
Jun 28, 11:00 AM CEST
A RARE GILT BRONZE KAKEBOTOKE FIGURE OF JIZO BOSATSU, LATE HEIAN TO EARLY KAMAKURA
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €500- €1,000
€5001 Bid
OKIMONO WITH NETSUKE, JAPAN PROBABL
Jun 24, 10:00 AM CEST
OKIMONO WITH NETSUKE, JAPAN PROBABL
by Historia Auctionata
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
19TH C. PAIR OF JAPANESE BONE & WOOD OKIMONO
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
19TH C. PAIR OF JAPANESE BONE & WOOD OKIMONO
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Geisha, Okimono, Japan, Ende 19. Jh.
Jul 08, 9:00 AM CEST
Geisha, Okimono, Japan, Ende 19. Jh.
by Auktionshaus Schwab
Est: €360- €720
€3600 Bids
A JAPANESE BRONZE OKIMONO WITH THREE MONKEYS, YOSHINOBU SEAL MARK, MEIJI PERIOD
Jul 03, 9:00 AM CEST
A JAPANESE BRONZE OKIMONO WITH THREE MONKEYS, YOSHINOBU SEAL MARK, MEIJI PERIOD
by Rob Michiels Auctions
Est: €400- €800
€3000 Bids
19TH C. JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
19TH C. JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
Fine Japanese Bronze Daruma Okimono
Jun 27, 5:00 PM PDT
Fine Japanese Bronze Daruma Okimono
by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
JAPANESE MEIJI OKIMONO BRONZE TURTLE FAMILY FIGURE
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE MEIJI OKIMONO BRONZE TURTLE FAMILY FIGURE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
JAPANESE MEIJI WOOD OKIMONO
Jun 28, 11:00 AM EDT
JAPANESE MEIJI WOOD OKIMONO
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
LARGE 19TH C. JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO, SIGNED
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
LARGE 19TH C. JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO, SIGNED
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
A JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD BRONZE AND INLAID METAL OKIMONO
Jul 09, 10:00 AM BST
A JAPANESE MEIJI PERIOD BRONZE AND INLAID METAL OKIMONO
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £800- £1,200
£4000 Bids
*AN IVORY OKIMONO FIGURE OF SEATED AMITABHA BUDDHA Japan, early 20th century H.12cm
Jun 25, 11:00 AM IST
*AN IVORY OKIMONO FIGURE OF SEATED AMITABHA BUDDHA Japan, early 20th century H.12cm
by Adam's
Est: €400- €500
€2800 Bids
A 20th century Japanese bronze okimono of a rearing horse, with three-character kanji signature to
Jun 25, 9:30 AM BST
A 20th century Japanese bronze okimono of a rearing horse, with three-character kanji signature to
by Andrew Smith & Son
Est: £100- £150
£1000 Bids
Very Nice Antique Japanese Wood & Bone OKIMONO of a Sleeping Monk.
Jul 13, 10:00 AM CDT
Very Nice Antique Japanese Wood & Bone OKIMONO of a Sleeping Monk.
by Sofe Design Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
19TH C. JAPANESE IVORY AND WOOD OKIMONO, SIGNED
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
19TH C. JAPANESE IVORY AND WOOD OKIMONO, SIGNED
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7500 Bids
Asian Bronze Sculpture Assortment
Jun 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Asian Bronze Sculpture Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids

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