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Japanese Ivory Okimono of a Bijin

Finely executed carving of a Japanese beauty (Bijin), with a parasol in her left hand. Her kimono and obi (sash) with a combination of a chequered pattern and Japanese Maple leaves. She wears sandals on her bare feet, indicating that she may be a courtesan. Circular base signed with red etched signature and two, four-petalled flowers.
Japanese, Meiji era, 1868 - 1912
Stock No. 1525

With the widely influential Japonism movement in Europe and America in the second half of the 19th century, demand for traditional craft goods from Japan was met be the Industrial Promotion Policy of the newly installed Meiji government, wherein the creation of traditional art objects was actively encouraged. In an effort to preserve the traditional ideals and skills of the Japanese carver and craftsmen, the Tokyo Carver’s Association was eventually formed in 1887 by master carvers such as Ishkawa Komei, Asahi Gyokuzan and Shimamura Shame. Their work epitomised the superlative quality of craftsmanship that was relevant at the time, alongside retaining a true Japanese spirit within their work and whilst employing the elements of intricate and realistic style from Western influences.

Price: £950.00




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Works of Art - Sculptures

Japanese Ivory Okimono of a Bijin

Finely executed carving of a Japanese beauty (Bijin), with a parasol in her left hand. Her kimono and obi (sash) with a combination of a chequered pattern and Japanese Maple leaves. She wears sandals on her bare feet, indicating that she may be a courtesan. Circular base signed with red etched signature and two, four-petalled flowers.
Japanese, Meiji era, 1868 - 1912
Stock No. 1525

With the widely influential Japonism movement in Europe and America in the second half of the 19th century, demand for traditional craft goods from Japan was met be the Industrial Promotion Policy of the newly installed Meiji government, wherein the creation of traditional art objects was actively encouraged. In an effort to preserve the traditional ideals and skills of the Japanese carver and craftsmen, the Tokyo Carver’s Association was eventually formed in 1887 by master carvers such as Ishkawa Komei, Asahi Gyokuzan and Shimamura Shame. Their work epitomised the superlative quality of craftsmanship that was relevant at the time, alongside retaining a true Japanese spirit within their work and whilst employing the elements of intricate and realistic style from Western influences.

Price: £950.00

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