Okimono - Ivory - Character with dragon - Japan - Meiji period (1868-1912)

Okimono - Ivory - Character with dragon - Japan - Meiji period (1868-1912)
Very good condition, see description - 32×7.5×5 cm


The okimono represents a man, standing on a rock and holding a partially unwound scrool extended between his two hands, with a dragon above his head and left shoulder.

The head of the dragon seems resting on a small cushion of clouds laid on the man's head. Some clouds hide part of his tail, so as to comply with the belief that one cannot see a dragon in its whole without dying immediately.

The tip of the tail of the dragon seems to be pointing at the unwound scroll. A second rolled scroll is figured between the feet of the man.

This ensemble reminds of the legend stating that it was the dragons that conveyed to Nagarjuna the most important text of the doctrines of the Mahayana, the buddhism of Greater Vehicle.

Signed Masa-Yuki on the underside. The piece is extremely well carved, with great finesse in the details (expression and clothing of the man, details of the hands and feet, scales and posture of the dragon, its three claws legs, fluffyness of the small clouds..)


End of 19th century - C.1885


998 gr


Masa-Yuki on the underside.


Very good condition.
Please check pictures for global condition


Belgium private collection acquired after succession


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Pre-convention ivory specimen.

Complies with CE Regulation 338-97 Art.2.w.mc of 09 December 1996.

Specimen prior to June 1, 1947. Submitted according to the decree of May 4, 2017 to a prior declaration provided for in Article L. 412-1 code environment.

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Lot details
Meiji period (1868-1912)
Region/ Country of origin
Artist/ Maker
Title of artwork
Character with dragon
Very good condition, see description
32×7.5×5 cm
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