This Okimono of a Cicada is beautifully carved and every detail of the insect's wings is visible, it's a masterpiece of realism. Interestingly, the opposite effect is felt when naturally small objects, like this cicada, is enlarged beyond proportion. It creates a sense of fear that miniature objects don't.
Okimono is a small, carved decorative object (made of wood, ivory or metal) created specifically for display. It is a vital element in a Japanese house and would be given pride of place in an alcove built especially for it called a tokonoma. Okimonos depicted domestic scenes of samurais, farmers, fishermen, and children and occasionally, studies of birds, animals and flowers.
Sir DJ Tata Collection
Decorative Art Okimono
19th century CE