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Vintage Japanese Shibiyama Netsuke
Jeweled Elephant
Coral, Stone Inlays

Signature: Gyokuseki. Circa: 1900s'
H 1.8 in.(4.6cm), W 1.8 in.(4.6cm), D 1.2 in.(3cm)
Condition: very good!

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Shibiyama Elephant Netsuke

In Japan the elephant god of wisdom, Ganesha is known as Shoden or Shoten. Indeed, in Buddhism it was a magnificent luminous white elephant, that came to the Buddha's mother Maya as the auspicious symbol of the birth of the Guatama Buddha. This Gyokuski ivory netsuke signifies the strength and wisdom of this noble creature. The ivory is classically formed in its proportions. Natural stones and colored glass orb beads embellish the finery: the gorgeous banding and elegant riding blanket. The ears of this noble creature have dimension and there is an elegant swish of the tail and an artful curve of the tusk. Signed on the bottom and with distinct himotoshi holes on the back, this ivory is in excellent condition. (SD)

Shibiyama Elephant Netsuke
Shibiyama Elephant Netsuke Signed Gyokuseki
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