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Japanese Burl Wood Okimono Bird


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Collection No. TB-2623
Size Height 59cm x 56cm wide
Japanese Burl Wood Okimono Bird
Japanese Burl Wood Okimono Bird
Japanese Burl Wood Okimono Bird
Japanese Burl Wood Okimono Bird
Japanese Burl Wood Okimono Bird
Japanese Burl Wood Okimono Bird

This beautiful and mysterious object is a root-wood Okimomo from Japan. It is in the form of a flying bird and was likely made in the late 19th Century to early 20th Century. This artwork has been in my home for many years and it still delights the eye to see it each day as if seeing it for the first time.  For me, it looks like a large bird just taking flight from a baren tree.  No matter what side you look at there is always something new in the form.

The Japanese aesthetic of using natural forms in wood with minimal additions by the artist are some of the most beautiful objects in my collection.

An Okimono is a carved Japanese decorative object created specifically for display,

This is a Wabi-Sabi Okimono may have been used in tea ceremonies.

In Zen philosophy there are seven aesthetic principles for achieving Wabi-Sabi as listed below;

Fukinsei (不均斉): asymmetry, irregularity;

Kanso (簡素): simplicity;

Koko (考古): basic, weathered;

Shizen (自然): without pretence, natural;

Yugen (幽玄): subtly profound grace, not obvious;

Datsuzoku (脱俗): unbounded by convention, free;

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Japanese Art & Objects & Asian Art & objects. Please look at my collection of Japanese Inro & Smoking Pouches & other Japanese art objects on my website.

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