Japanese Meiji Period Carved Wood Okimono


A Beautifully Carved Figure of a Man with Rabbits

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    The charming figure, carved from a single piece of wood is exceptionally carved showing the male figure with humorous expression holding two Rabbits one by the ears and the second under his arm. A third Rabbit stands at the feet of the male looking up, each rabbit with a different expression. The male figure is wearing traditional Japanese attire with his hair tied back stood upon a naturalistic base. The figure dates to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) circa 1900.

    Notes | The Rabbit is one of the 12 animals to feature in the Japanese Zodiac signs which follows the Chinese astrological system along with the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Such division is connected with the Jupiter cycle around the Sun, which lasts about 12 years. As 2023 is the year of the Rabbit we are happy to offer this fabulous carving to coincide with this celebratory year of the Rabbit.

    In Japanese culture, Rabbits represent fortune, moving forward and cleverness, and are also messengers for the kami or Gods.

    Measurements | 30cm High x 10cm Wide x 9cm Deep (11.8 x 3.9 x 3.5 Inches)

    Condition | Very Good, small expansion crack to the base