Japanese Lacquered Antimony Naturalistic Okimono of a Human Skull
Japanese Lacquered Antimony Naturalistic Okimono of a Human Skull
Japanese Lacquered Antimony Naturalistic Okimono of a Human Skull
Japanese Lacquered Antimony Naturalistic Okimono of a Human Skull

Japanese Lacquered Antimony Naturalistic Okimono of a Human Skull

1800 to 1900 Japan

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A Japanese Lacquered Antimony Naturalistic Okimono of a Human Skull with Traces of Gilding, a Seal Mark to the Base
Meiji period (1868-1912)

Size: 5cm high, 6.5cm deep, 4.5cm wide – 2 ins high, 2½ ins deep, 1¾ ins wide
The Buddhist philosophy of the impermanence of life and the non-existence of self were an important influence on the development of the Japanese Samurai traditions of self-sacrifice and the ethicality of suicide. The symbol of the ‘memento mori’, the human skull, was for them an allegory for the vanity of life.
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Antimony, Gilding
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