Posted 5 years ago
Picked up these little guys yesterday.
So far, what I have found one the vikings in their ship, is called "Vovo"? Not so positive on that yet but they sure a cute.
All the others are Japanese okimono figurines. These type of carvings were purely for decorative purposes and displayed in the tokonoma (alcove) of the home in Japan. During the Meiji period, many okimono were made for export to the west.
They are carved from the root of the cryptomeria tree, a Japanese cedar tree. You can see a very intricate grain pattern which is the result of the trees' slow grow rate.
They all have glass eyes and the cat has a mouse in it's mouth. The cat stands just about 5" tall. Pretty cute, right?!
Three of them have stickers attached, on the bottom of the larger mouse "Japan" is stamped in. I'm not sure if the stickers read OMC or MOC, I'm not sure of the order that goes in.
I'm actually going to clean these up, the photos don't really show how badly they need it and then I'll add some lemon oil so they don't dry out and will take photos again to show you just how cute and intricate each one is.