Okimono - Elephant ivory - A sleuth of bears preying on seals - Japan - Meiji period (1868-1912)
Rare okimono depicting a group of polar bears attacking seals. The eyes are in mother-of-pearl and ivory, particularly the bears' eyes in mother-of-pearl express the ferocity of the animal in the act of hunting. The sculptor was able to capture the terror in the expression of the seals chased by the bears as they tried to escape among the waves of the sea.
This particular type of subject was usually produced in the prestigious schools of Tokyo.
Excellent condition considering its age.
Total measurements with base: 46 x 12 x 8 cm
Japanese item from the Meiji period.
The Item was produced prior to 1947, and is therefore in compliance with the European Union regulations on ivory trade.
The item comes with a certificate of authenticity that will be sent to the buyer.
Very important note for customers outside the EU:
This item cannot be sold outside the EU.
This item CANNOT be sold outside the EU.
- Elephant ivory
- Meiji period (1868-1912)
- Region/ Country of origin
- Title of artwork
- A sleuth of bears preying on seals
- Very good condition, see description
- 39×8.5×5.5 cm