Best Quality Japanese Meiji Carved Ivory Fisherman Okimono Figurine

Presented is one of the finest Japanese ivory okimonos or figurines we have ever seen. This elephant ivory piece was made during the late 1800s or early 1900s during the Meiji period. The man is holding a "bamboo" fishing pole that has a small porcelain fish dangling from the end of the line. The man is incredibly engraved or etched with detail. He wears a fluid looking grass skirt and has a finely textured basket hanging on one side. Everything about this figurine is top quality, and the details are just marvelous. The ivory has an excellent, natural grain. The top of the bamboo fishing stick has broken off, so we have just added a temporary piece of a bamboo skewer to tie the fish to and complete the pole. With a little searching you can find a replacement stick of ivory to stick into the man's hand and tie the fishing line to.

The underside of the figurine has an incised cinnabar artist signature plate, which almost always denotes a high quality maker.

This piece is in excellent overall condition, except for the missing bamboo portion of the fishing pole. The rest of the piece is in really incredible condition for its age. The porcelain fish( which is probably not original) has some small chips and cracks. There are no other flaws and no other repairs.

The man 7 1/8 measures inches tall.

Item ID: 39659

$1,100 USD

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