Okimono: Monkey Trainer


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Artifact Identification Okimono: Monkey Trainer   (1999.13.0002)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Art
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Artist/Maker Signed Kogetsu.
Geographic Location
Period/Date Late Meiji Period (1868-1912), 1890s – 1912 CE
Culture Japanese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 15.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 6.8 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 6.6 cm
Weight 175 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Pigment--Stain, Plant--Boxwood, Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Inserting
Munsell Color Information Dark Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/4) -Staff, with fruit. Strong Brown (2.5YR 3/6) -Man's face. Dark Grayish Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/2) -Base.

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"A Japanese boxwood okimono group of a monkey trainer and his monkey, late Meiji period, signed Kogetsu , 6 3/4" h., well patinated.

(The monkey plays a great role in Far Eastern legend and is often depicted in art. This okimono represents a form of entertainment. The trainer and his monkey providing entertainment are depicted in various forms of Japanese art from Edo through Meiji period and the 20th c. Other examples of this depiction are seen in Ukiyo-e.)

Boxwood is dense with a yellowish-brown color (Buxus michrophylia)." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999

The Meiji Restoration began in 1868, returning Japan to direct imperial rule under the emperor Meiji after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ending with his death in 1912. - D. Schrishuhn, registrar, 9/20/2000

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Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Fred A. Freund Collection
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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