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Ivory Shibayama Elephant

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This magnificent ivory Shibayama elephant displays exceptional artistry

Key Features

  • This outstanding Japanese Shibayama elephant embodies both beauty and luck
  • Carved of fine ivory, this enchanting figure is inlaid with intricately carved mother-of-pearl
  • This remarkable Meiji-period figure is an exquisite example of Shibayama
  • Circa 1890
  • 9 1/4 wide x 14 length x 13 1/4 high

Item Details

  • Width:
    9 1/4" Inches
  • Height:
    13 1/4" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
Japanese artisans were legendary for their immense eye for detail, and this incredible Shibayama figure, depicting a caparisoned elephant, showcases this most decorative and painstaking Eastern art form at its finest. The elephant is exquisitely hand-carved of ivory and enveloped with the finest mother-of-pearl inlay. Surmounted by crystal ball supported by a carved ivory lotus blossom, this pachyderm is truly a work of astonishing beauty and craftsmanship. Shibayama is the name for a style of decoration that includes inlays of mother-of-pearl and other semi-precious stones in ivory, lacquer or metal. Originating in Japan during the Meiji period (1868-1912), this art form graces 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.

Circa 1890

9 1/4" wide x 14" length x 13 1/4" high

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