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“Decorative sculpture to display”, had its heyday in the Meiji period towards the end of the 19th century due to the extraordinary demand from Western countries.
The Japanese sculptors and craftsmen had already demonstrated in the past with the lacquers, bronzes and netsuke to be excellent carvers and inlays, so some of them dedicated themselves to sculpting blocks of wood, especially boxwood, ivory or even horn large.
There are hardly publications dedicated to Japanese sculpture from the Meiji period, as high-quality pieces in excellent condition are extremely rare. We remember the excellence of the Tokyo school founded by ISHIKAWA KOMEI and other important sculptors such as SHIMAMURA SHUNMEI, YOSHIDA HOMEI.