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Japanese Meiji Ivory Carving Okimono Farmer w. Harvest

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Ivory: Pre 1900: Item # 789360

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Featuring a wonderful Japanese carving of a farmer carrying a basket of fall gourds and vegetables on his shoulder, and holding a bunch of grapes in his hand with a bug on a leaf. At his feet is a frog peeking out from a leaf, and a sack with some rice cakes in it. The underside of the base is signed with an inlaid red lacquer signature. Also, there is a leaf design which hides a nerve flaw in the elelphant ivory. This was commonly done on Japanese ivory carvings. The man is leaning to one side as he holds up the basket on his shoulder. All very well carved from the feather design in his jacket to the basket filled with vegetables. The frog at his feet is so cute! The ivory has a nice patina from age and the cross hatching in the ivory is quite evident. Excellent condition with no damage or restoration. There is a slight hairline age crack on the top of his head. Hairline cracks as this are often found on older ivory carvings but does not detract from the overall quality of beauty of a piece such as this. Measures 6 1/4" tall. Please feel free to ask for more photos if you like. The base measures 3" x 2 3/4". Return privilege providing item returned in sent condition within 3 days of receipt and in original packaging. Sales tax collected if sold in New York state unless valid tax number and resale form provided.