Okimono: Entwined Sambiki Saru (Wise Monkeys)


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Artifact Identification Okimono: Entwined Sambiki Saru (Wise Monkeys)   (1999.13.0010)
  1. Communication Artifacts
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  3. Art
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Artist/Maker Signed Homin To
Geographic Location
Period/Date Edo Period (1603-1868), Mid 19th century
Culture Japanese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 7.6 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 6.6 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 6.5 cm
Weight 104 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Boxwood, Plant--Wood, Animal--Horn
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information Dark Grayish Reddish Brown (2.5YR 2/2) -Back of large monkey. Strong Brown (2.5YR 3/6) -Muzzle of large monkey. Dark Brown (5YR 2/4) -Bottom leaf.

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"A Japanese boxwood okimono of entwined Saru (monkeys) with inlaid eyes (horn), signed Homin, 3 3/4" high

Monkeys are of frequent occurrence in Japanese fine arts and decorative arts. They are depicted in a variety of postures. The Saru is one of the signs of the Zodiac, and as such associated with the horse.
The Saru also plays a role in legend and fairy tales. (Homin was an Edo period, mid 19th c. netsuke shi that worked in wood and ivory, a pupil of Hojitsu. It is rare to find okimono carved by a netsuki shi. Such okimono are considered to have higher values than the comparable netsuke)." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 10/23/1999

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Bibliography N/A

Artifact History

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

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