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.