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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The Japanese word okimono compounds oku 置く `put; place; set; lay out; assign; station; leave` and mono 物 `thing; object; article`. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the loanword okimono, `A standing ornament or figure, esp. one put in a guest room of a house`, and records the first usage in 1886 by William Anderson. An okimono may ...
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