Okimono - Skull. Large carved wood okimono of a human skull entwined with a snake. Signed Dai Nihon Sukeyuki zo. Meiji period, circa 1890. Seen at Hancocks of London
Okimono (Japanese: 置物; literally: “put thing”) is a Japanese term meaning “ornament for display; objet d’art; decorative object”, typically displayed in a tokonoma “alcove” or butsudan “Buddhist altar”.