An unusual ivory okimono depicting a jolly ox, the eyes double inlaid in reddish and dark horn. The ox has its head slightly lifted and tilted to the left with a very curious expression and a wide smile showing both rows of his teeth and the tongue. The details are well-carved – such as the rope halter through the nose, the bulky horns and the saddle cloth which shows an incised zig-zag pattern.
The underside is equally accomplished with the expressive skin-fold of the neck and tucked-in legs, as well as the unusually large, smooth and round genitals. The signature is in a wavy reserve reads GOYOSAI 呉陽齋 – an unrecorded artist.
LENGTH 11.2 cm
Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Several age cracks and the stained ivory is worn in some areas – generally in good and complete condition.