• The Japanese Aesthetic auction at Christies

    Sale 7316

    The Japanese Aesthetic

    7 November 2012, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 327

    An Ivory and Shibayama Elephant


    Price Realised  


    An Ivory and Shibayama Elephant
    Meiji Period (late 19th century)
    The caparisoned and bejewelled elephant intricately inlaid in coral, stained ivory, mother-of-pearl and cowhorn in Shibayama style, with a lotus flower on its back and surmounted with a glass ball
    26.5cm. high (including ball)

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    A similar, larger example was sold in the these rooms, 18th May 2012, Lot 185.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.