Mid - late nineteenth century okimono showing a Carpenter.




A mid - late nineteenth century ivory okimono showing a Carpenter.

This outstanding okimono (decorative carving) was produced in Japan in the mid-late nineteenth century during the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912). It shows a traditionally dressed carpenter carrying his tray of tools, each of which is carved in remarkable detail. The carpenter holds his tobacco pouch in his hand and a kizeruzutsu (pipe case) hangs from the tied cord around his waist. It is likely that this carving is Tokyo School. The okimono is signed to the base in a rather unusual red and black carved form and is thought to be Gakushin. (Rakushin). A similar okimono may be found on page 17 of "The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono" by Laura Bordignon.

   This superb quality ivory okimono stands 12.5 cm high. is 6 cm at its widest and 7 cm at its deepest. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing only light wear and darkening appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.