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Okimono, or ornament, in the form of a devil throwing beans at the Setsubun festival

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    2nd half of the 19th century
    Tomomasa (born 1848, active 2nd half of the 19th century) (carver)
    Material and technique
    ivory, with carved decoration, and stained with pigment
    5 x 2.3 x 2.5 cm (height x width x depth)
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    formed carved,
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    Credit line
    Presented by Sir Herbert Ingram, 1956.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Impey, Oliver, Japanese Netsuke in Oxford: From the Ashmolean Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, and the Museum of the History of Science (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1987), no. 43 on p. 34, illus. p. 34

Glossary (2)

Setsubun, okimono

  • Setsubun

    Setsubun is the winter solstice festival (3 February) where homes are cleansed of imaginary devils. This festival fell on the New Year in the old lunar calendar.

  • okimono

    Japanese for 'ornament' or 'ornament for display'. It is often a free-standing figure.


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