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 sale at the world fairs Japan participated in. Made of wood and bronze, the most popular were carved in ivory. Some are patronizing in their […]

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 were not only popular at home, but also increasingly so with the large audiences that attended the various international expositions around the world. This covered […]