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Subject:Japanese Egg with internal landscape carving
Posted By: Sapple Thu, Aug 10, 2017 IP: 2602:306:3833:b00:bc

I wonder if anyone can help identify this item. Is it a mass produced tourist item, or something else? My grandfather brought it back from Japan in 1949. It is most likely made of ivory, though I have not had it appraised and my own inexperience precludes any degree of certainty. The size of it is exactly the size of a normal chicken egg.







Subject:Re: Japanese Egg with internal landscape carving
Posted By: Guy Fri, Aug 11, 2017

IMO, this is could be a Meiji era ivory okimono, signed 'Mitsuharu' (光晴).

Guy.

Subject:Re: Japanese Egg with internal landscape carving
Posted By: sapple Sun, Aug 13, 2017

That's what I was thinking, as my grandfather returned from Japan with some other quality items that have appraised well. Unfortunately, with the effects of the war, families were unloading valuable goods at cut-rate prices at that time. Hell, their live-in governess, had her masters degree, and working for an American military family on base was by far the best paying job she could get at that time. I appreciate the feedback.

Subject:Re: Japanese Egg with internal landscape carving
Posted By: Ernest Wilhelm Fri, Aug 11, 2017

As it is an oily nut, you never have to oil it. Made many years ago in China,at a time when Tagua nuts were finely carved. Plant ivory.
Ernest

Subject:Re: Japanese Egg with internal landscape carving
Posted By: sapple Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Interesting. I hadn't considered "ivory nut" as a possibility. I appreciate the feedback.


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