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A Japanese ivory bas-relief brush holder

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A Japanese ivory bas-relief brush holder

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An ivory brush holder finely carved in bas-relief with numerous characters in a festive scene, dancing and playing musical instruments next to an elephant dressed for grand occasions.

The central elephant is a fascinating and unusual detail since elephants are not native to Japan, but they are often associated with travels and trade with other cultures.

On the opposite side, a large Japanese pine tree, “Matsu,” expertly executed, seems to cover and shade the entire scene.

The interior is entirely patinated bronze with slightly gilded details of chrysanthemum and pawlonia flower symbols, two symbolic elements linked to the emperor and the Tokugawa clan.

Origin: Japan

Period: Meiji late 19th century

Dimensions: 9,5 x 12,5 x 11 cm.

Condition: Very good

+ Certificate of authenticity with technical expertise of the asset

+ Possibility to view the work at our office in Milan or throughout Italy wherever you are

Codice: 4372-1

Codice: 4372-1

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