Meiji Period shibyama inlaid Japanese ivory box.

£735.00

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Meiji Period shibyama inlaid Japanese ivory box.

    This fascinating ivory box was made and carved in Japan towards the end of the nineteenth century. Its function, if other than decorative, is unknown, but at this period may have been made for export to the West. It shows Ryujin the Dragon God, ruler of the seas and oceans. The Dragon appears in full form three times on the surface of the box, its eyes inlaid with a golden mother of pearl in each case. The box stands on its original turned ivory feet and has survived in excellent condition. It is signed at one end, though I have been unable to discover the identity of the carver. 

    This delightful Meiji Period carved ivory box stands 3cm high. It is 7cm wide and 3.5cm deep. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing wear appropriate to its age and substance. It has no damage and no restoration.