AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA
AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA

AN UNUSUAL JAPANESE IVORY OKIMONO OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA

c. 1890 JAPAN

Offered by Steve Sly Japanese Works Of Art (Stags Head Antiques Ltd)

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As part of our oriental collection we are delighted to offer this most unusual and high quality one piece Japanese stained ivory okimono , the okimono depicts a pair of characters known as Ashinaga and Tenaga The pair are commonly described as people from two countries, the "Long-legged Country", and the "Long-armed Country". As the names suggest, the inhabitants of these two countries possess unusually lengthy arms and legs. The two work together as a team to catch fish by the seashore. In order to do this, the long-armed man, tenaga, climbs onto the back of the long-legged man, ashinaga. The ashinaga then wades out into the shorewaters, staying above water with his long legs, while the tenaga uses his long arms to grab fish from his partner's back, a great fun okimono that has been carved by a highly skilled artist called Eishin , it is not often we see this subject as an ivory okimono and certainly not of this one piece quality, signed Eishin in a red seal to the underside.

The condition is lovely throughout !
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Dimensions
Height 17.20 cm (6.77 inches)
Width 6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
Depth 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Medium
IVORY
Signed/Inscribed
EISHIN
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