Japanese carved ivory figure of a man and two children

Made in Japan, 1850-1950.

This original ivory piece is one of 32 donated to the Powerhouse Museum in 1950 by Miss Eadith Hill. These ivories are part of a larger collection that includes Japanese cloisonné, porcelain and pottery which was originally on display at the Australian Museum. In 1949 the Director of the Powerhouse Museum, A. R. Penfold, made a recommendation to transfer these to the museum’s collection and they were added in 1951.

Geoff Barker, Assistant Curator, March 2007

Summary

A4262-17
Carved human figures depicting a Japanese man and two children, ivory, maker unknown, Japan, 1850-1950.

Three human figures carved from ivory. The ornament or okimono depicts a standing elderly man wearing a kimono and pants. The man is barefoot and stooped over carrying a child on his back and another on his front to one side. Both the children wear kimonos.

Dimensions

230 mm
90 mm
75 mm

Production

The ornament was made in Japan between 1850 and 1950.
1850-1950

Cite this Object

Japanese carved ivory figure of a man and two children 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 July 2017, <https://ma.as/180404>
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