Buddhist Monk Figurine (Okimono)

Okimono were originally sculptures intended for display in the decorative alcove (tokonoma) of a traditional Japanese home. By the Meiji period (1868-1912) they were also popular items for display and […]

One Hundred Faces (Covered Box)

In 1870 Shinto was declared the national religion of Japan. As a result, sculptors of Buddhist imagery fell on hard times. Many shifted their talents to carving decorative works that […]