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    Sale 2028

    Japanese & Korean Art

    18 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 64

    An Ivory Model of Tokiwa Gozen and Her Three Sons**


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    An Ivory Model of Tokiwa Gozen and Her Three Sons**
    Meiji period (late 19th century), signed Nobumasa
    Carved as Tokiwa Gozen and her three sons, the youngest at her breast, fleeing from Taira Kiyomori, the robes of the figures carved as if blown by the wind, eyes stained black; with wood and ivory stand
    5½in. (13.9cm.) high (without stand)

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    Tokiwa Gozen (1138-?) was the mother of Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189) shown here as a baby in his mother's arms. After the death of the boy's father, Minamoto no Yoshitomo (1123-1180), during the Heiji rebellion, Tokiwa Gozen was forced to flee from Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181) to protect the life of her three sons.

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