Okimono (Japanese置物, literally " Hinstellding " ) are typical Japanese Kunstschnitzarbeiten from the time of the Meiji period. The Okimono developed from the netsuke carving as in the 19th century in Japan wearing of European clothing came into fashion, and thus Netsuke, who belonged to the part of Japanese Kimono, found no more sales. The now unemployed netsuke carvers began to create larger objects found in Europe and the U.S. like hotcakes.


The size of the Okimono is between 10 and 40 cm, preferably 20 and 30 cm. The preferred material is ivory, boxwood, or a combination of both materials. The Ivory Okimono often standing on a wooden pedestal in the form of a root cutout. The artists signed their works predominantly on the stand base. However, there are also unsigned works to be found. One of the most famous Okimono - Schnitzer was Ishikawa Komai (1852-1913) from Tokyo.

Were represented mythological figures, especially the seven lucky gods, heroes of Japanese history, scenes from daily life and from the holy gods of Buddhism and Shinto.

The center of the carver was located in and around Tokyo, where the only auszumachende style, the so-called Tokyo - school arose. The objects of this style are made from a single piece of ivory, 25 to 35 cm high, represent the everyday life and are of the highest quality. Okimono are coveted collector's items and achieve remarkable prices at auctions.