By Nakayama Shomin, signed Shomin 曻民
Japan, late 19th to early 20th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Of flattened cylindrical form, finely carved and inlaid with lacquer, tortoiseshell, horn, malachite, and mother-of-pearl, depicting a continuous scene of various fish and crabs, two of the crabs carved in relief and with black inlaid eyes, amid craggy rockwork, the current indicated by neatly incised lines, the cover with two bone-ringed cord holes and attached with a horn-inlaid hinge, the underside with the signature SHOMIN within a red-lacquered square tablet.
HEIGHT 8.1 cm
Condition: Good condition with minor wear and natural age cracks, the bamboo slightly warped, the closing mechanism no longer functional, one of the inlays is a modern replacement.
Provenance: Austrian private collection.
Nakayama Shomin was a member of the Tokyo Chokokai between 1904 and 1922. He is listed in The Shoto Museum of Art (1996) History of Japanese ivory carving: Gebori Okimono and Shibayama of Meiji period.
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