Okimono: Lotus Leaf


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Artifact Identification Okimono: Lotus Leaf   (2005.11.0011)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Art
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Artist/Maker Nisai, Nisei
Geographic Location
Period/Date Meiji Period (1868-1912), Late 19th - early 20th century
Culture Japanese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 15.6 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 3.5 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 3 cm
Weight 46 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Boxwood, Plant--Wood, Animal--Horn
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information N/A

Research Remarks

Published Description N/A

"An extremely beautiful and desirable Japanese boxwood okimono of furled textured lotus leaf, the exterior with a dried pod and stem, bamboo grasses, and a miniature frog, the frog with inlaid horn eyes, 6” in length, signed Nisai. Nisai was born in Yamatoshimachi, Japan, 1880. He was a pupil of Reigyoku Tanaka. He was a resident of Osaka and Kyoto. *In Collector’s Netsuke, Bushell wrote: “Nisai’s netsuke artful novel, and distinctive. It is a pity that so few of them are found”." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 8/31/2005

*Collector’s Netsuke, Raymond Bushell, page 165. See bibliography.


Sotheby’s London, sale LO4752, lot 1176, 6/9/2004, wood netsuke of lotus leaf with two toads, signed “Tametaka’, 1 7/8”, 18th century.

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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