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Updated: 29 Feb 2024

Antique Silver Japanese Ornament Made by Okazaki Sessei
Puppies (Okimono-02)


DELIVERY TIME: Approx. 1-1.5 months
*There might be delay in shipment depending on countries.

Material : Pure Silver

The weight of this ornament is approx. 10.7 kg.


Height Width Depth
25.0cm 53.0cm 32.0cm

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SKU: Okimono-02 Category:

 This ornament vividly depicts puppies playing. If you look behind the puppy, you will notice that the maker’s Mei (銘, engraved inscription) is engraved on it. It is written as 雪聲 (Sessei), and it shows this maker is Okazaki Sessei (岡崎 雪聲, 1854-1921). He worked in a foundry, and he was active from the Meiji (明治) period to the Taishō (大正) period. Watanabe Osao (渡辺 長男, 1874-1952), who was a sculptor active from the Meiji to Showa (昭和) periods, was his daughter’s husband.

 His father was a craftsman who made tea kettles, and after learning this skill himself, Sessei moved to Tokyo at the age of 21. He then learned to be a foundry and became an apprentice to a metalsmith. His work was exhibited at the Paris World Exposition in 1889 and won second prize. He also made a name for himself by researching ancient Buddhist statues from various places from the aspect of casting. Due to these circumstances, he became friends with Okakura Tenshin (岡倉 天心, 1863-1913, thinker) and became a teacher in the casting course of the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakkou (東京美術学校, Tokyo art school). The work he created in 1892 was selected to be exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair, and he continued to develop his skills and to make works energetically.

 His metal engraving and casting techniques were highly evaluated, and he has been involved in many casting works. There are many famous his works, such as the statue of Saigo Takamori (西郷 隆盛, 18128-1877, Samurai of the Satsuma clan who significantly contributed to the establishment of the Meiji government), whose prototype was created by Takamura Kōun (高村 光雲, 1852-1934), and the statue of Kusunoki Masashige (楠木正成, 1294-1934), which is displayed in the outer gardens of the Imperial Palace. He traveled to the United States at his own expense to learn the techniques to cast the giant statue and is also known for being the first person in Japan to cast it using the decomposition casting method.

 Sessei is a person who has made remarkable achievements as a casting artist, and we are pleased to be able to introduce a work of such an artist here. The expressions and gestures of the puppies are faithfully reproduced, and the differences in texture between the bases and plants are clearly expressed.

The entire ornament is made of pure silver and the overall weight is approx. 10.7kg. Considering the rise in the value of the silver, the material itself is also valuable. We believe it will become a nice family heirloom that has been passed for generations. This comes with a wooden storage box.

 We hope you enjoyed this description and wish this ornament would speak to you.

 *As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.

【About us】
 Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

【Payment method】
 We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. Also, you don’t need to make an account on Stripe for the checkout. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, CAD, EUR, CHF or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate. 

【Shipping duration】
 We normally ship via EMS (Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. It usually takes at least 5-14 days to deliver the package after you place an order. We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by EMS. If you prefer other shipping carriers, please contact us.  

 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly. 

*Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there might be possible delays in delivery. If you like to make sure if EMS shipping is available to your country, please contact us.

【Antique Japanese item and Export process】
 After receiving the full payment from you, we will apply for its export permit from the Board of Education to legally export the item to other countries. It normally takes around 2 to 4 weeks to receive this permit. And we would like you to expect at least 1.0 – 1.5 months for your order to arrive at your given address after you ordered.

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. 

 It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of antique item and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.


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