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Important Japanese Boxwood Okimono with Shibayama inlay

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Okimono: Pre 1910: Item # 1129000
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One of a kind large Japanese Meiji Period (19th century) Boxwood Shibayama hand-carved Okimono of an elephant with a removable crystal ball on top of its back. The Okimono has a fantastic carving on top; the base for the bowl and sides have finely carved dragons on them. The okimono has thousands of shibayama inlays, mother-of-pearls, amber, jade, carnelians and other stones. They are inlaid all over the elephant and only a coupe of them are missing only.The tusks are made from ivory. the Okimono has a great patina and a high hand polishing. 7" long x 8 3/4" tall x 3 1/2" wide