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    Posted 2 years ago

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    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.



    1. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 2 years ago
      I used to have loads of the little vikings. No idea where they are now. Fab post.
    2. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
      I want!! All of them!! NOW!!

      OK, tanty over. I love your Olafs of course, but the cryptomeria animals are the best. I rarely see them here, and when I do they are exe.
      I'm pouting now.....
    3. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 2 years ago
      The cat is hilarious ! Love the owls too and their big eyes.
      Wonderful post ! :)
    4. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Thank you Wandlessfairy. I couldn't believe that I actually found this one. At first I thought they were salt and pepper shakers!
    5. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Karen, I knew you would love these guys! "Olafs" is their name? And the cryptomeria...very new to me. I don't think I've ever seen them before. They are amazing and I can tell you, the wood is light like balsa as you probably know, but it is so delicate, I put a mark in the back of the dog while cleaning him. And if you think about it, you know where you can find me!
    6. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Nutsy, thanks...I don't know why but I keep finding really cute cats and even I like them. Thanks for the love and comment...always appreciated!
    7. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Than you to everyone that loved:
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the love Sean!
    9. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      A very delayed thank you to vintagelamp, vintage fran and iggy! Much gratitude~

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