Japanese sculptured figures usually made of ivory but also of bone or wood. They were made as ornaments for the home during the Meiji (1816-1912) andTaisho (1912-26) periods, and exported to Europe and the USA.
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Okimono ({CJKV|j=置物|l=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 置く "put; place; set; lay out; assign; station; leave" and mono 物 "thing; object; article". The Oxf...
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