The property of a Gentleman
A pair of ivory tusk vases
Both intricately and boldly carved in varying degrees of relief with a complementary, fantastical design, one vase with Ryujin, the 'Dragon God' of the sea, holding a tablet, riding the back of a winged dragon, surrounded by his servants, the denizens of the sea, represented by their fish, octopus or crustacean head-dresses, making fanfare, waving banners engraved in Tensho script Ryugu (the name of Ryujin's undersea palace), blowing conch shells and carrying paraphernalia, the other vase with his daughter Oto-hime, clutching with both hands the 'Jewel of the Tides' accompanied by her extensive retinue of attendants, both vases unsigned, two separate wood stands. Both vases approx. 28.6cm (11¼in) high. (4).