Okatomo (Japanese, active late 18th–early 19th century)
Edo period (1615–1868)
late 18th–early 19th century
H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); W. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm); D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Not on view
Edamame literally means stem beans, because the soya beans were boiled while still attached to the stem. The artist has captured the fluid form of edamame through simple yet graceful light staining, which increases the shadowy effect of the cluster.
Signature: Oka tomo (Yama guchi)
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA , 1910; sold to Sage]. ; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (1910; donated to MMA).
Artist: Ganbun (Japanese, active until 1870s)Date: mid-19th centuryMedium: Single case; lacquered wood imitating bamboo with pewter and silver inlay and gold hiramaki-e Netsuke: bamboo; lacquered wood with gold hiramaki-e and stained ivory inlay Ojime: snail; copperAccession: 13.67.10On view in:Gallery 223
Date: second half of the 19th centuryMedium: Sheath shape; lacquered wood with gold and silver takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, and colored ivory inlay on gold lacquer ground Netsuke: kagamibuta type, lotus pad with frog; stained ivory and metal Ojime: agate beadAccession: 29.100.874On view in:Gallery 223