Meiji Period Marine Ivory Okimono. Agatamori and Mizuchi. c. 1870.

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Meiji Period Marine Ivory Okimono. Agatamori and Mizuchi. c. 1870.

This fine marine ivory okimono was carved in Japan towards the end of the nineteenth century. It depicts Agatamori, a great warrior, fighting Mizuchi, a Water Dragon. At a fork of the Kawashima river, there dwelled a great water dragon that would spew out its venom, poisoning and killing many who passed by. Agatamori came to the pool of the river and threw in three gourds, which floated on the surface of the water. He then challenged the Dragon, saying that he would leave if it could sink the gourds, but slay it if it failed. The Dragon tried to sink the gourds, but failed and Agatamori fought and slew the creature.

This fine marine ivory Okimono stands 15cm high and is 4.5cm at its widest point. (Measurements approximate). It has the deep colour that one would expect from the material from which it is made and excellent patination. It is unsigned. It has no damage and no restoration.