Okimono: Young Boy Holding a Volleyball


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Artifact Identification Okimono: Young Boy Holding a Volleyball   (2006.12.0003)
Communication Artifacts : Art : N/A
Artist/Maker Masakazu
Geographic Location Asia, East, Japan
Period/Date Late Meiji Period (1868-1912), 1900
Culture Japanese

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 28 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 16 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 10 cm
Weight 472 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Plant--Wood
Manufacturing Processes Carved
Munsell Color Information N/A

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"A very rare Japanese bamboo okimono of a young boy holding a volleyball. He is carved in a stride to show the motion of serving the volleyball which is intricately carved including lacing. He is wearing a western style cap (similar to a western baseball team hat), a happi coat and Japanese thongs, 11 1/4” h, signed Masakazu. Dating is late Meiji period, circa 1900. The carving is unusual in subject. Volleyball was invented in 1895, during the time that Japan was becoming westernized. Masakazu (1868-1911) was an important carver of okimono and netsuke. He lived in Ise and studied carving with Masanao. His works are highly collectible and sought after." - Bernie McManus, Appraiser, Woodbury House, Connecticut, 08/29/2006


Christies, United Kingdom, 12/15/2005, Japanese Works of Art, lot #5, sale #5568; A Japanese ivory okimono of a small boy, 19th century, unhappy expression, wearing oversized sandals, 5”h. (12.7cm).

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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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