One of a pair of tusks, Sekine Hamunin

One of a pair of tusks, Sekine Hamunin

One of pair of carved tusks
Signed: 'Respectfully carved by Sekine Hamunin', with seal mark
Japan
About 1880-1900
Carved ivory
The Edwin and Susan Davies Collection

Decorative ivory pieces such as this were exported mainly for display in western homes. These substantial tusks are typical of work produced during the later Meiji period. They are intricately carved with various Buddhist scenes, including some of the 1,200 rakan (disciples of the Buddha) together with their animal counterparts and flying heavenly creatures (tennin).

View a detail of the other tusk from this pair