• Masterful Exuberance, Artistic auction at Christies

    Sale 4140

    Masterful Exuberance, Artistic Craftsmanship of Imperial Japan: The Property of a Lady

    18 May 2012, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 185

    An Impressive Ivory and Shibayama Elephant


    Price Realised  


    An Impressive Ivory and Shibayama Elephant
    Signed Masayuki, Meiji Period (late 19th century)
    The elephant caparisoned, bejewelled and intricately inlaid in Shibayama style in mother-of-pearl, coral, tortoiseshell and stained ivory, with a lotus flower on its back and surmounted with a crystal ball, wood base carved with peonies
    40cm. long

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