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Shibayama Tusk

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This magnificent ivory tusk vase is a marvel of the Japanese Shibayama style

Key Features

  • Exceptional inlay compliments this Japanese Shibayama tusk vase
  • Gently carved mother-of-pearl, coral, wood and semi-precious stones create this sublime design
  • Crafted during the Meiji period, Shibayama items such as this are highly desirable among collectors
  • Circa 1890
  • 9 7/8" high; stand: 1 5/8" high

Item Details

  • Height:
    9 7/8; S: 1 5/8 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
A work of incredible artistry, this amazing Japanese Shibayama vase is fashioned from a section of elephant tusk. The most intricate inlay distinguishes this Meiji-period piece, as carved mother-of-pearl, wood, coral and semi-precious gems are assembled to create the image of a peacock surrounded by colorful blooms. Set upon a platform of carved wood, this vase also features an inlaid maker's mark plaque.

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 7/8" high; stand: 1 5/8" high

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