Two children resting
Date: 19th century
Dimensions: (H) 2.9 x (W) 3 x (D) 3.2 cm
Two children are seen resting. The young girl makes a suitable headrest for the boy leaning on her. Their eyes serenely closed, at the base of the piece lies a broom, suggesting that they are taking a break after some hard work tidying. Due to the practical function of netsuke, carvers had to create new compact compositions for their craft. Although this small okimono resembles the shape and size of a netsuke, it does not have a hole in which to place a cord and fasten an ojime bead required to make it functional. It is closer to a miniature wooden sculpture, dating it around the late nineteenth century when the practical use of netsuke declined amidst the rise of Western fashion in Japan.