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Japanese Display Stand with Okimono and Netsuke

Curious Snake Exploring a Skull – by Izumi Sukeyuki

 Skull with Monkey and Snake – Artist unknown

 Wolf with Human Skull – Artist unknown.

These three Japanese carvings in wood and ivory are luxurious objects, intended to impress. the larger two are “Okimonos”.  These were meant to be displayed to guests in the most formal part of Japanese house. The “Netsuke” was used to fasten a case, which functioned like a wallet or pouch, to a Janapese belt-like sash.  Originally simple and functional, these eventually became wearable works of art.

 

Japanese – Curious Snake exploring a Skull – by Izumi Sukeyuki

Japanese – Curious Snake exploring a Skull – by Izumi Sukeyuki

 

Curious Snake Exploring a Skull
By Izumi Sukeyuki
1900-1910 / Carves and inlaid wood..

 

Japanese - Okimono - Skull with Monkey and Snake

Japanese – Okimono – Skull with Monkey and Snake

 

Skull with Monkey and Snake – Artist unknown

The Okimono, or display object, would have been placed in a public room in a Japanese home to impress visitors. Inscription name the artist and record that he carved this for his friend Asami. In Japanese culture, snakes are associated with wisdom and healing, and are symbols of renewal and rebirth, because snakes continue to live after shedding their skin.

 

 

Japanese - Netsuke - Wolf with Human Skull

Japanese – Netsuke – Wolf with Human Skull

Japanese Netsuke:  Wolf with Human Skull – Artist unknown

 

 

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