Japanese Carved Okimono
Eagle and Monkey
Signed: unsigned, circa: Showa, early 1900s'
7 in.(17.5cm), W 3.5 in.(9cm), D 1.5 in.(3.8cm)
measurement not including wood
cracklines, o.a. good
antique okimono, cream to gold with distinct markings and striations, engraved
details contrasting with open areas of smooth polished ivory, depicting a falconer
with an eagle and monkey, the eagle gripped tightly by one of its legs, showing
a fierce gaze, but folding her wings as she comes to rest. The man is most likely
the cadger of a hunting party, as falconry was quite popular in Japan, and someone
must be appointed to provide a perch for the bird. This woodsman may have been
called to deal with his master’s animals, and bears an expression of uncertainty
as the eagle bates and the monkey importunes.