The Japanese word okimono compounds oku 置く "put; place; set; lay out; assign; station; leave" and mono 物 "thing; object; article". The Oxford English Dictionary defines the loanword okimono, "A standing ornament or figure, esp. one put in a guest room of a house", and records the first usage in 1886 by William Anderson.
An okimono may be a small Japanese carving, similar to, but larger than netsuke. Unlike netsuke, which had a specific purpose, okimono were purely decorative and were displayed in the tokonoma. During the Meiji period many okimono were made for export to the west.
- Definition of Okimono at Kitsune Japanese Art Gallery. Retrieved 9 September 2007.
- Netsuke: masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains many examples okimono
- English online dictionary definition, related information, and various visual examples
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