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Antique Carved Ivory Samurai in Armor

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All Items: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Ivory: Pre 1920: item # 1168038

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Antique Carved Ivory Samurai in Armor
The Art and Orchid Gallery's large Japanese ivory carving depicts a samurai warrior standing with his 'wakizashi' (small sword in Japanese) probably as an Imperial guard.[120A, 25B] The wakizashi has a jooi head handle and is within an incised, inked scabbard. The hand carved figure is made of deep relief lattice work. The chain mail armor is incised with ink detail. The armor also contains pierced rivets, shaped wrought plates and a monster mask plate connector.[113C] Our samurai wears an unusual helmet (kabuto in Japanese) with a flared, carved fan front; hair tail on the cloud decorated cap; and attached 'shikoro' (neck protector). A ribbon shawl wraps around the warrior's shoulders and falls to his feet in the curved outline of the tusk, with undercuts and ink details. (It is helping to support the figure.) He stands on a carved, incised ivory base with a pakaw outlined Japanese commendation mark. The mark looks like the 'Ho' (or precious symbol)[32E, 192F] that we have found on other Japanese ivory carvings. The ivory base sits in a fitted rosewood colored, carved stand. This okimono passes ivory tests including: hot needle, insoluble in acetone, hardness 5-6 on Mohs scale, and cross-hatched pattern.[38G, 33H] We believe the age is Meiji Period made for the Western market. It has two age cracks. We restored this ivory carving and it now looks very good. References available upon request. Size: ~ 12" H x 3" x 2 1/4"; Ivory weight: ~ 900 grams;

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