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Okimono Man holding fish Ivory Signed. 20th century.

SKU: Okimono, Ivory Man & Fish $99.95
Okimono (Japanese: 1/2 ; literally: "put thing") is a Japanese term meaning "ornament for display; objet d'art; decorative object", typically displayed in a tokonoma "alcove" or butsudan "Buddhist altar". The Japanese word okimono compounds oku 1/2 A "put; place; set; lay out; assign; station; leave" and mono "thing; object; article". The Oxford English Dictionary defines the loanword okimono, "A standing ornament or figure, esp. one put in a guest room of a house", and records the first usage in 1886 by William Anderson. An okimono may be a small Japanese carving, similar to, but larger than netsuke. Unlike netsuke, which had a specific purpose, okimono were purely decorative and were displayed in the tokonoma. During the Meiji period many okimono were made for export to the west.