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Okimono

 Okimono in the shape of a pine cone. 19th C.
Ivory. 50 cm. Made in Japan.@ The British Museum

Okimono is a Japanese term for objects for display in front of religious altars, in a tokonoma, or in other such special spaces for setting objects to be appreciated.
An okimono may be a small Japanese carving, similar to, but larger than netsuke. Unlike netsuke, which had a specific purpose, okimono were purely decorative and were displayed in the tokonoma.


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