Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw
Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw
Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw
Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw
Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw

Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw

1800 to 1900 Japan

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A Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw ‘Memento Mori’
Signed; Yoshikazu
Meiji Period – Late 19th Century

Size: 4cm high, 3cm wide, 4cm deep – 1½ ins high, 1¼ ins wide, 1½ ins deep
The ghosts in Japanese mythology and spirit stories are always represented as skeletons or skulls and it is believed in Japan that a spirit, even if the individual’s death is a peaceful and natural one, lingers in its lifetime abode for as long as thirty-three years.
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