Antique Meiji Japanese Ivory Tusk Box – Tokyo School Engraving


A fine 19th-century Japanese ivory tusk box with high relief and low relief carving of three striding tigers attacking a lone elephant.

Meiji Period, Japan, circa 1880
Tokyo School, Unsigned.

Height 15cm
Width 10cm
Depth 8.5cm

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A beautifully carved Meiji Japanese ivory tusk box in the round with a group of three tigers attacking a lone elephant, the flat lid surmounted with a seated tiger and engraved with another.

The tigers stride around the tusk dominating the scene, the carver has used high and low relief to exaggerate the depth of the subject. Each tiger is beautifully depicted with a precise carving of the fur, muscular frame and individual characters, the elephant is beautifully finished, startled and fighting back.

The Meiji Period

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