Tokyo school ivory okimono depicting a young boy, with the kimono carved to appear to flow naturally over his body and with an expression of wonder, curiosity and tranquility as he watches the cricket on his leg. The boy's hands and feet, as well as his face, are precisely modeled, showing the artist's mastery of carving ivory to capture the human form and essence.
In Japanese culture, crickets are considered symbols of authenticity and beauty. The presence of the cricket may represent the connection between the boy and nature, or it could also symbolize the young man's attention to the little things in life that bring joy and meaning.
The ladybug at the boy's feet is a charming touch. Ladybugs are often considered symbols of good luck and prosperity.
The movement and twisting of the body to admire the cricket is of extreme sculptural difficulty, achieved only by the masterpieces not only of Japanese but also of the great European sculptors of the 17th and 18th centuries.
This okimono is signed by the artist Shinko/Chikamitsu under the base.
Period: Meiji end of 19th century.
Dimensions: 32 x 14 x 12 cm.
State of conservation: Very good
9 800 €