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Jurojin and Deer Okimono
Jurojin and Deer

Jurojin with Scroll Okimono
Jurojin with Scroll

Jurojin Holding Minogame
Jurojin and Minogame

Jurojin and Crane Okimono
Jurojin and Crane

    

Hankai Okimono Netsuke
Hankai Breaking Door

BONE OR TOOTH

Ivory was used for carving into sculptural artifacts for more than 20,000 years. Real elephant ivory and mammoth ivory have striations and cross-hatched grain in certain sections, depending on how the material was cut. Absence of these grain patterns is a sure sign that the material is not elephant or mammoth ivory. Marine ivory such as walrus and whale have no cross-hatch patterns, but do have a subtle wavy grain, which may be difficult to find on some pieces. However, handling them a few times can increase familiarity with the material; generally walrus has a hard glassy surface and is also a bit more dense than elephant or mammoth ivory. When carved and polished it may show some translucency. While composite material is heavier, bone is lighter than ivory. In composite material you often can spot parting lines or seams, (the joins between two separate sections of rubber mold). At first glance, some bone may look like ivory, but there are always small pores and/or short vertical lines in bone. Most bone lacks the dense consistency required for carving fine details and smooth edges.

Oni Party Okimono
Oni Tea Party

  

Shishi Okimono Netsuke
Shishi Playing Ball

Yoshitsune and Sojobo Netsuke
Yoshitsune & Sojobo

   

 

Japanese Hotei Okimono
HappyBuddha

Hotei and Mouse Okimono
Hotei with Mouse

Hotei Okimono
Happy Buddha Hotei

Happy Buddha Okimono
Happy Buddha

  

Snake Catcher Okimono
Snake Catcher

Bear Slayer Okimono
Bear Slayer

    

Wood Cutter Okimono
Wood Cutter

Sennin on Horse
Wiseman On Horse

Hotei and Boy
Hotei and Boy

  

Geisha  Umbrella Okimono
Geisha w. Umbrella

Model w. Flower Okimono
Model with Flower

    

Hornet Stung Oni Okimono
Hornet Stung Oni

Gama Sennin Okimono
Gama Sennin & Frogs

Urashima By Chogetsu
Urashima On Minogame

Monkey Okimono
Monkey Boating On Log

    

Father Son Okimono
Father and Son

Scholar and Boy Okimono
Scholar and Boy

Family TrevalersOkimono
Family Travelers

father and son Okimono
Farther & Son

    

Mother Child and Dog
Mother Child and Dog

Mother Child Okimono
Mother and Child

Fisherman Son Fishing
Fisherman & Son Fishing

Father and Sons Okimono
Father and Sons

    

Geisha Okimono
Geisha Holding Flower

Shamisen Geisha
Geisha Holding Shamisen

Dancing Geisha
Dancing Geisha with Bell

Geisha Okimono
Geisha holding Parasol

    

Father Son Okimono
Father and Son

Bride Okimono
Young Bride

Geisha Okimono
Geisha with Lantern

Lokapala Okimono
Lokapala

    

Eagle Hunter Okimono
Eagle Hunter

Shoki Catching Oni Okimono
Shoki Catching Oni

Four Immortals Okimono
Four Immortals

Dragon Tamer Okimono
Dragon Tamer

    

Kannon on Dragon
Kannon On Dragon

Three Kings Okimono
Three Kings Okimono

Kannon Shishi Okimono
Kannon Shishi

  

Three Samurai Combating
Three Combating Ronin

Combating Samurai Okimono
Combating Samurai

    

Flower Girl Okimono
Flower Girl Okimono

Geisha Holding Flower
Geisha Holding Flowe
r

Young Girl w. Flower Okimono
Girl w. Flower Okimono

Young Bride Okimono
Young Bride Okimono

    

Samurai Ronin Okimono
Ronin Samurai

Quail Fighter Okimono
Quail Fighter

Heavenly Queen Seiobo
Heaven Queen Seiobo

Kannon Holding Child
Kannon with Child

    

sarumawashi Okimono
Sarumawashi Monkey Trainer

Kanu and Chohi
Two Heros of Three Kingdoms

Rat Catcher Okimono
Rat Catcher Rakan

    

Daikoku Ebisu Okimono
Daikoku+ Ebisu

Daikoku Treasure Bag Okimono
Daikoku with Treasure Bag

Ebizu Playing Flute Okimono
Ebisu Playing Flute

Boy Sleep on Mokugyo
Sleep on Mokugyo

    

Kannon Okimono
Kannon on Dragon

Kannon On Elephant Okimono
Kannon on Elephant

Kannon Shrine
Kannon-Shrine

  

Daibutsu Okimono
Daibutsu

Amida Buddha
Amida Buddha

    

sarumawashi Okimono
Monkey Trainer

Monkey King Okimono
Monkey King and Young

Rooster Dancer Okimono
Dancing with Rooster

Circus Elephant Okimono
Elephant on Globe

    

fisherman okimono
Fisherman with Basket of Squid

Man Blowing Bubbles
Man Blowing Bubbles

Sumo Wrestler Okimono
Sumo Wrestler

Sumo Wrestler Okimono
Sumo Wrestler

   

Master Dogen Okimono
Master Dogen

Cock Fighter Okimono
Cock Fighter

Polychrome Bird
Polychrome Bird

    

Bird Lover Okimono
Bird Lover

Nine Tailed Fox Okimono
Nine Tailed Fox

Mother and Child Okimono
Mother and Child

    

Okame Happy Man
Okame Happy Man

Jester and Oni
Jester & Oni

Ichiryusai Fisherman Okimono
Fisherman Family

Dragon Lohan Okimono
Dragon Lohan

    

Queen of Heaven Okimono
Queen of Heaven

Seven Gods of Luck Set
Seven Gods of Luck Set

Nio Guardian Okimono
Nio Temple Guardian

  

Seven Gods of Luck Tusk
Shichifukujin Tusk

    

Benten Seven Lucky Gods Okimono
7 Lucky Gods Set

Seven Gods of Luck Shichifukujin

Many a child in Japan has been soothed to sleep by a nursery rhyme about "Ebis Sama, Daikok Sama...", and few homes are completed without a painting or statue of one or more of these popular bringers of good luck. They are frequently represented in illustrations and books in the 18th and 19th centuries, not as gods of reverence, but part of the religious culture in Japanese daily life.

The Seven Gods of Luck are a heterogeneous collection of deities. Their origin is strangely varied being derived from four religious sources, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism and Brahmanism. How and when these group of deities were classed together remains a mystery. The earliest examples of their association is in a painting dated from the 17th century, which is in the collection of the British Museum.

 

Seven Gods Boating Okimono
7 Lucky Gods Boating

Fukurokuju Okimono
Fukurokuju with Peach

  

Father Son Okimono
Father Son Caught a Crane

Eagle Hunter Okimono
Eagle Hunter

    

Hagoromo Feather Kimono
Hagoromo Feather Kimono

Gourd Rider Okimono
Chokwaro Sennin

Kinko Sennin Okimono
Kinko Sennin

Jurojin Okimono
Jurojin Holding Scroll

    

Kannon Bosatsu Okimono
Kannon Bosatsu

Fisherman Okimono
Fisherman Okimono

Calligrapher Poet w. Scroll Okimono
Poet w. Scroll

Fisherman w. Crane Okimono
Fisherman w. Crane

    

Poet Ariwara no Narihira Okimono
Poet Ariwara no Narihira

Gods of Luck Sailing on Dragon Boat
Shichifukujin Seven Gods of Luck Dragon Boat

Rakan and Tengu Okimono Rakan Teaching Tengu

    

Seven Gods of Luck
7 Gods of Luck Shichifukujin

Whale Tooth Wise man
Wiseman and Karako

Sambaso Dancer Okimono
Sambaso Dancer

Wood Worker Okimono
Wood Worker Okimono

    

Toba on Horse
Toba on Horse

Luckyman with Good Luck Charms
Lucky Man with Charms

Yamabushi Okimono
Yamabushi Saigyo

Wiseman On Horse Okimono
Wiseman On Horse

  

Fisherman Okimono
Fisherman Okimono

Ebisu Whale Tooth Okimono
Ebisu Whale Tooth Okimono

    

Eight Elephant Bridge
Elephant Bridge 14"L

Six Elephant Bridge Okimono
Elephant Bridge 12"L

5 Elephant Bridge Okimono
Elephant Bridge 13"L

Meiji Elephant Bridge
Elephant Bridge 8.5"L

    

Elephant Bridge Okimono
Elephant Bridge Okimono 9"L

Shogun Chess Set Signed
Antique Japanese Chess Complete Set Signed Tomoyuki

Six Elephants Bridge Okimono
Six Elephants Bridge Okimono

    


Geisha Teasing Okimono

Articulated Crab Okimono
Articulated Crab Okimono

Deco Style Chubby Elephant Okimono
Deco Style Chubby Elephant

    

Seven Gods of Luck
Seven Gods of Luck

Samurai w Lantern Okimono
Samurai Okimono

Farmer Harvesting Grapes
Harvest Grape

Bishamon Okimono
Lucky God Okimono

    

Wakizashi Sword
Wakizashi Sword

Antique Japanese Showa Period Master Chef Okimono
Master Chef Okimono

Hotei Drinking Sake
Hotei Drinking Sake

Kannon Cane Handle
Kannon on Carp

    
    
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