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Figure. Nobleman's retainer with a hawk on his wrist. Made of ivory. Signed and sealed.
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Height: 43.50 centimetres
Weight: 2.46 kilograms
Width: 22.50 centimetres
Depth: 21.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Tokyo, ivory, late 19th century.
The restoration of Imperial rule in 1868 was followed by rapid growth in exports to the West. Ivory sculptors of "netsuke" turned to purely ornamental sculpture for the overseas market. This piece was probably made by a member of the government-supported group, the Tokyo Ivory Sculptor's Association. (label copy, VH, 1999)
Smith et al 1990
The restoration of Imperial rule in 1867 was followed by a rapid growth in the export of traditional arts and crafts to the West. The sculptors of ivory had until then mainly made netsuke, but with increasing awareness of the taste of the overseas market many turned to purely ornamental sculpture. The government supported groups like the Tokyo Ivory Sculptors' Association, one of whose members probably made this fine piece.
- On display (G94/dc12)
- Exhibition history
2012 18 Apr – 17 Jul, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, ‘Treasures of the World’s Cultures’
2013 Apr - , BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
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