An extremely unusual and superbly carved figural ojime of a karako (Chinese boy) holding a treasure sack. Finely engraved on the back of the sack is a ho-o bird. The ho-o is a supernatural animal that is supposed to embody uprightness, humanity, virtue, honesty and sincerity. It is said to appear before the birth of a great and virtuous ruler, and it is often shown in works of art, flying earthward while children wait to catch it. Brass. Late 19th century.
Antique ojime - Metal.