Japanese Lacquered Antimony Naturalistic Okimono of a Human Skull

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.

Japanese Lacquered Antimony Naturalistic Okimono of a Human Skull

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