The Bodhisattva Collection

A Fine Japanese Ivory Carving, Meiji Period (1868-1912)

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Ivory: Pre 1920: Item # 937188
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From our Japanese Collection, a very fine ivory carving, Meiji Period (1868-1912), probably Tokyo School but we cannot confirm the artist, depicting an elder carrying a rabbit in a basket along with a young boy who excitedly holds up a frog. The scene is expertly rendered as evidenced in the animation and excitement of the young boy's face, the expressiveness of the elder, the detail to the basketry, as well as the flow and fold to the robing, and the realism of the rabbit, the frog, and the elder's ears and hair. It is this type of masterful execution of realistic detail that distinguishes Tokyo School and other Tokyo School quality pieces from the rest.

Size and Condition: Somewhat larger than typical okimono at 8 1/2 inches tall, 3 1/2 inches wide. There is indeed some age cracking but this is commensurate with age and is indicia of authenticity. There is also a split to the base that has been stabilized and has taken on some stain, but a professional can easily redo this with a better result if desired. One of the rabbit's arms also appears to have been restored to some degree. All forgivable for a legitimate Meiji piece of such charm and merit.