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.
Sold To Private Collection