Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket

Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket

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Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket
Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket
Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket
Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket
Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket
Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket
Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket
Antique Ivory Carving - Meiji - Tokyo School - Geisha with Flower Basket

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Hand Carved Ivory - VERY RARE TOKYO SCHOOL CARVING of a GEISHA carrying a FLOWER BASKET by AKIDAI carved during the MEIJI PERIOD. This is an incredible Tokyo School Japanese ivory okimono of a Geisha wearing a kimono decorated with raised cherry blossoms carrying a pierced hanging basket filled with flowers. This magnificent piece was carved during the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912). In Japan the cherry blossoms are believed to exemplify the transient nature of life, because of their short blooming times. Cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality. She carries in her right hand a pierced hanging basket with a large branch of chrysanthemums. The basket is fitted with a long chain that she holds with her left hand. The Japanese regard the chrysanthemum as their solar flower. The Japanese Imperial Family adopted it as their emblem and the Seal of the Emperor himself. The Emperor's position is referred to as The Chrysanthemum Throne. The flower is depicted with 16 petals radiating like flames from the sun, the center of which symbolizes the Emperor's status in the scheme of things. Longevity and joy are the attributes of both flower and worthy ruler. In Japan, the Imperial Order of the Chrysanthemum is the highest Order of Chivalry. Japan also has a National Chrysanthemum Day, which is called the Festival of Happiness. Tokyo School carvings of this theme and quality are almost impossible to find for sale anymore. The finest carvings to come from Japan were from the Tokyo School of Art founded in 1887 with the aim of combining traditional skills and Western influences. Tokyo School carvings are generally quite large and carved from a single section of tusk. In 1890 the government implemented the system of Imperial Court Craftsmen whereby the Imperial Household accorded honor and protection to master craftsmen. Let's take a close look at the stunning details of this marvelous carving. Her facial features are absolutely stunning. Her hair is beautifully done and cascades down the back of her neck. Beautiful raised cherry blossoms decorate her kimono. The elaborate detailing in her hair gives you some indication of the skill of the artist. Please note not only the details of the flowers but also the fine details of the hair itself. Please notice how delicate her fingers are with her right hand clutching the chain while her left hand suspends the beautiful basket. The folds in her kimono are a work of art in and of themselves. It takes a special artist to bring such a sense of realism to this outstanding work of art. She has a beautifully decorated obi on her back with three distinct designs carved in a circular fashion. Please note how the artist has even carried forward the folds in her kimono to the back of her garment and how the lovely flowers circumvent and adorn the entire carving. The rarity of this marvelous carving adds to its overall mystique and desirability. The amazing detail indicates this is the work of a true master carver. This is a piece of Japanese art that you will very seldom have a chance to acquire and the quality of this work of art is at the very pinnacle of Japanese ivory okimono carvings. It is difficult to express in words just how beautiful this carving is. It is signed by the gifted artist Akidai on the underside of the base. This carving is 100% genuine ELEPHANT IVORY and in EXCELLENT CONDITION. It was HAND CARVED and HAND SCRIMSHAWED and SIGNED in Japan by a gifted master craftsman in the late 1800s. It has a lovely patina that nature has chosen to bestow upon it. This okimono is UNIQUE and exhibits beautiful IVORY GRAIN which is guaranteed to be clearly visible. The ivory has been highly polished and exquisitely detailed. The quality of the ivory, the quality of the carving and the quality of the scrimshaw work are all exceptional. This carving was legally imported into the USA and can only be shipped to locations within the USA. This superb Tokyo School carving can serve as the centerpiece of your fine Japanese ivory okimono collection for many years to come and should steadily increase in value over the years. A very similar example is illustrated in Achim Hartman's "Okimono: Masterpieces of Japanese Decorative Sculpture during the Meiji Period, from the Terespani Collection, Catalog #17. Dimensions: 8.00" x 3.00" x 2.50" Weight: 14 ounces Signature: Akidai IF YOU WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL PICTURES OF THIS ITEM THAT ARE LARGER AND SHOW MORE DETAIL, PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL AND WE WILL FORWARD THEM TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • I-950
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Fine Art
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Type / Pattern
  • TOKYO SCHOOL
  • Maker
  • AKIDAI
  • Year
  • 1868 - 1912
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 3 inches
  • Height: 8 inches
  • Depth: 2.5 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Condition
  • EXCELLENT
  • Style
  • TOKYO SCHOOL
  • Material
  • IVORY

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