A Tokyo School ivory okimono group of two warriors By Shimamura Toshiaki/Shunmei (1855-1896), Meiji Period
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A Tokyo School ivory okimono group of two warriors
By Shimamura Toshiaki/Shunmei (1855-1896), Meiji Period
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 30,452) inc. premium

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A Tokyo School ivory okimono group of two warriors By Shimamura Toshiaki/Shunmei (1855-1896), Meiji Period A Tokyo School ivory okimono group of two warriors By Shimamura Toshiaki/Shunmei (1855-1896), Meiji Period
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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).

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫置物 曾我兄弟の仇討ち 島村俊明作 明治時代

    Born as the second son of Shimamura Toshikane/Shunjun, who worked for the Imperial Court in Asakusa, Edo, he had already inherited the skills of a great wood carver and by the age of sixteen, Toshiaki/Shunmei had already produced 16 rakkan for the Kaiko temple in Ryogoku, Tokyo.

    He later changed his career to ivory carving due to the flourishing export market and is recorded in the Tokyo zoge chokoku bijutsu hyo (A Table of the Art of Ivory Carvings in Tokyo), printed in Meiji 19 (1886). He participated in the 2nd Domestic Industrial Exhibition (Naikoku kangyo hakuranakai) in Meiji 14 (1881) and was awarded the Myogi (second prize) for his excellent skills as a carver. His most famous ivory sculpture, of Fujiwara Kamatari, is in the Tokyo National Museum, whilst another set of ivory figures is recorded in The Michael Tomkinson Collection, vol.1, ref.IV.31.

    Another similar and finely carved (albeit smaller) figural group by Kato Toshiaki was sold in these rooms, Fine Japanese Art, 11th May 2010, lot 346.

    This lot is accompanied by a copy of the December 1983 International Netsuke Collectors' Journal, vol.11 no.3, on whose front cover this piece is illustrated.
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