A Tokyo School ivory okimono group of two warriors
By Shimamura Toshiaki/Shunmei (1855-1896), Meiji Period
Possibly representing figures taken from the classic Noh drama, 'The Revenge of the Soga Brothers', carved with one figure having fallen to the ground on his back with his legs up in the air, whilst his assailant standing over him with one leg raised attempts to trample him underfoot, the musculature of the limbs of both men finely delineated, their garments finely engraved with ho-o roundels and other geometric motifs; signed Nippon Tokyo Shimamura Toshiaki/Shunmei saku. 26.3cm (10 5/16in) high. (2).