Okimono: Heike-gani (Crab)
|Artifact Identification||Okimono: Heike-gani (Crab) (2005.11.0015)|
|Period/Date||Meiji Period (1868-1912), Late 19th - early 20th century|
|Location||On Exhibitin the East Asia exhibit|
|Dimension 1 (Width)||28.5 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Depth)||15 cm|
|Dimension 3 (Height)||9 cm|
|Munsell Color Information||N/A|
"A very fine and large early Meiji period boxwood crab, 11”long x 6 1/2” wide x 3 1/2” high. This okimono is finely carved overall. It is said that the spirit of the Heike (Taira) clan, fallen warriors, live on in the local crabs now known as Heike-gani. Warriors’ faces are seen in the ridges and contours of the shells of the Heiki-gani. The story of these fallen warriors is also known as Dan-no-ura. This subject is often depicted in Japanese Ukiyo-e (traditional woodblock prints).
Sotheby’s, New York City, sale 7341, 9/13/1999, lot #71, boxwood articulated Japanese crab, 6”, signed ‘Hokyudo Masayoshi’, 19th century.
|Credit Line/Dedication||Fred A. Freund Collection|