Japanese Burl Wood Okimono or Scholars Object
This beautiful and mysterious object is a root-wood Okimomo from Japan and likely made in the late 19th Century to early 20th Century.
An Okimono is a small, carved Japanese decorative object created specifically for display,
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. To me it looks like a strange tree. No matter what side you look at there is always something new in the form.
This is a Wabi-Sabi Okimono that was probably 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 pretense, 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
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