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A4262-9 Figurine, part of collection (1 of 69), ivory, maker unknown, Muneyoshi, Okawa, Japan, 1880-1920. Click to enlarge.

Figurine from Japan

Made
Two human figures carved from ivory. The ornament or okimono depicts a standing male figure wearing a short kimono.The man is carrying a monkey on his back and holding a drum in one hand. To his left is a small boy in a long floral kimono. The boy is reaching up to touch the mans belt. The figures stand on a circular ivory base that is carved to resemble a pathway with scattered pebbles.

Summary

Object No.

A4262-9

Object Statement

Figurine, part of collection (1 of 69), ivory, maker unknown, Muneyoshi, Okawa, Japan, 1880-1920

Physical Description

Two human figures carved from ivory. The ornament or okimono depicts a standing male figure wearing a short kimono.The man is carrying a monkey on his back and holding a drum in one hand. To his left is a small boy in a long floral kimono. The boy is reaching up to touch the mans belt. The figures stand on a circular ivory base that is carved to resemble a pathway with scattered pebbles.

Marks

Sticker on base with Japanese characters that read Okawa Muneyoshi.

Dimensions

Height

145 mm

Width

110 mm

Depth

98 mm

Production

Notes

The figure was made by Okawa Muneyoshi in Japan between 1880 and 1920.

History

Notes

This original ivory piece is one of 32 donated to the Powerhouse Museum in 1950 by Miss Eadith Hill. These ivories are part of a larger collection that includes Japanese cloisonné, porcelain and pottery which was originally on display at the Australian Museum. In 1949 the Director of the Powerhouse Museum, A. R. Penfold, made a recommendation to transfer these to the museum's collection and they were added in 1951.

Geoff Barker, Assistant Curator, March 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

Figurine from Japan 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 January 2022, <https://ma.as/180498>

Wikipedia

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