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Okimono Actor
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History of the Object
Bone carving was very popular in the Edo period (1603-1868), when hundreds of artists created netsuke and okimono. In the Meiji period, the tradition of previous time was preserved. Okimono shows the virtuosity of bone carving craftsmanship, diversity techniques, image expression that belong to Japanese small plastics. This okimono shows an actor performing auspicious new year dance with an offering of ritual sake. The Carver has brought expressive movement expression, the abundance of details and ornamental motifs in traditional image. High hat was a typical hat worn by sambaso actor, who performed an introductory dance in Kabuki theater. A large circle at its side surface symbolizes the sun, that means a happy renewal of life in the context of new year auspicious symbolism. Although the work is not signed, high artistic level, composition - all these point that the Carver belonged to the Tokyo school of bone carving.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
ivory 
Measurements
22 cm high 
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Where it was made
Japan 
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Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Meiji Period (1868-1912) 
Function
Okimono (置物 oki-mono) is a Japanese term meaning "ornament for display; objet d'art; decorative object" 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
© The State Museum of Oriental Art  
Acknowledgements
Technique: bulk relief carving, engraving, tinted glass. 
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Museum
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
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