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Ivory Shibayama Vase

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This rare Japanese ivory vase is a stunning example of the Shibayama style

Key Features

  • This extraordinary Shibayama ivory vase is crafted from an elephant's tusk
  • Its design of birds and flowers is executed with inlaid mother-of-pearl and semi-precious gems
  • Skillful carving, from the finial to the wooden base, informs the entire piece
  • Features artist's cartouche
  • Circa 1890
  • 15" high

Item Details

  • Height:
    15 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
This elaborate Japanese vase is crafted from an elephant's tusk in the highly detailed Shibayama style. A work of extraordinary beauty, it exhibits not only the most intricate, three-dimensional inlay of mother-of-pearl and other semi-precious stones, but exceptional carving and engraving, as well. Framed by engraved silver, the vase also features an exquisite lid, which is also inlaid in the Shibayama style. Set upon a wooden base carved in a cloud design, this vase is magnificent. Features artist's cartouche.

Introduced as early as the 18th century and named after Shibayama Dosho, Shibayama is the name for a style of decoration that includes inlays of carefully carved mother-of-pearl and other semi-precious stones in ivory, lacquer or metal. During Japan's Meiji period (1868-1912), this art form graced a wide range of items, from vases, boxes, game pieces and table-screens to swords and entire ivory tusks. Due to the delicate nature of the art form and to the fragility of the resulting pieces, intact Shibayama items are quite rare and highly prized by collectors.

Features artist's cartouche

Circa 1890

15" high  

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