An ivory tusk vase and cover
By Tomioka, Meiji Period
Finely carved in relief with three apes, the adult protecting its offspring and growling at the wasps hovering above whilst its mate, visible on the reverse sits contentedly beside them, on a removable wood stand; the cover surmounted by a finial in the form of a monkey, signed with seal Tomioka. The vase 36.5cm (14 3/8in) excluding stand. (3).