Project Description

Walrus Ivory Okimono of a Skull by Asahi Gyokuzan (1843-1923)

Carved in two parts with separate mandible, the two parts held together by springs (modern replacements)

Unsigned. Circa 1910

Height: 6.1 cm Length: 8.1 cm


The deceased previous owner told me that when he first saw this carving, it carried a signature, subsequently removed by an ignorant dealer who supposed that the skull might be worth more if thought to be an earlier European work. Compare with another of the same size in the catalogue of the Seymour Trower collection, p. 29, no. 461, illustrated on plate VII. There the dimensions are given in a scrambled manner; the largest dimension can only be the length