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  • Classification: ivory
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    • Figurine of a Japanese peasant

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    • This demonstrates the recurring subject in Japanese ivory carving of a farmer standing on an attached ivory stand wearing his peasant attire carved with a floral motif and a gourd on his belt. There are many symbolic meanings of the gourd in...
    • Okimono ivory carving

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    • Portrait sculpture in Japan has been mainly concerned with representation of great and noble priests. Therefore, in its development, it has been closely associated with Buddhist sculpture. This is a portrait sculpture of the Japanese Buddhist...
    • Okimono ivory carving of a Japanese peasant

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    • The new trend of okimono during the Meiji era (1868-1911) reveals the Japanese smith's struggles with his livelihood. Some were forced into alternative occupations such as making farm or various other tools. Those who still hung on to the making...
    • Okimono ivory carving

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    • Japanese artists are not very fond of representational art. Most sculptures are highly stylized. The simplicity and hardship of everyday life is well expressed in the art of okimono, a Japanese term for small decorative sculptures, mostly in...
    • Carving in the form of an old tree-trunk

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    • This very unique object represents an aged tree-trunk which appears to be budding. It is carved from what seems to be either walrus or whale ivory. It does not appear to be elephant ivory based on its dubious texture and weight. If this object...
    • Ivory figure

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    • This is an ivory sculpture of Chang Kuo Lao, an official during the Tang Dynasty serving under Empress Wu; he is one of the Eight Immortals because he died and came back to life. The piece seems to be very old, judging by the smoothness of wear on...
    • Ivory carving

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    • This small carved ivory object may be a pendant or some other kind of ornament. It has been carved in the shape of a Buddha's-hand fruit. The fruit is closed and this may provide insight as to its purpose. The closed hand symbolizes prayer in...
    • Ivory vase

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    • This carved ivory vase seems to have either been dyed with tea or aged to a dark color over time. There is a landscape scene incised onto one side of the belly of the vase and a poem on the other. The landscape covers about 2/3 of the belly, while...
    • Ivory carving of Ming official

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    • This very interesting object is a Ming dynasty figural carving of an official. We notice that the figure wears a traditional official's hat. On the back of the hat, we see the dual ribbons which were typical of the Ming official. He carries a...
    • Ivory pendant

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    • One of a set of twelve pendants carved from ivory. They represent animals, human figures, and plants. All of the objects are flat for the most part, allowing them to be stood on a hard surface. This would also make the pendants sit better while...
    • Vase-shaped funnel

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    • This is one part of a set of accessories for a snuff-user's kit. This object is a vase-shaped funnel used to transfer the snuff from a pouch to a smaller container.
    • Ivory amulet

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    • Amulets and charms are used for two main purposes, the first being protection from pernicious ills and evil spirits, and the second being emblems for good wishes and fortunate lives. The amulet is traditionally a gift given to a child by a...
    • Ivory pendant

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    • One of a set of twelve pendants carved from ivory. They represent animals, human figures, and plants. All of the objects are flat for the most part, allowing them to be stood on a hard surface. This would also make the pendants sit better while...
    • Carved ivory seal

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    • This object is a carved ivory seal which was never completed by the artist who started it. The top consists of a Chinese Dog of Fo, or Fo-dog. They are creatures which are based on lions and they came to China from India with the first Buddhists,...
    • Ivory pendant

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    • One of a set of 11 girdle pendants, which would have been hung from clothing in traditional China. There is a various assortment of representations.
    • Snuff plate

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    • This is from a set of accessories for a snuff-user's kit. This object is a snuff plate whcih would have held the product once it was poured from the bottle. One can notice the machine-turned pattern of the ivory grain on the plate as well as the...
    • Ivory amulet

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    • Amulets and charms are used for two main purposes, the first being protection from pernicious ills and evil spirits, and the second being emblems for good wishes and fortunate lives. The amulet is traditionally a gift given to a child by a...
    • Ivory pendant

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    • One of a set of 11 girdle pendants, which would have been hung from clothing in traditional China. There is a various assortment of representations. This one represents Buddhist iconography as the older male figure surely seems to resemble a...

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