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c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Tortoise Concealing Erotic Scene
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Tortoise Concealing Erotic Scene
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Tortoise Concealing Erotic Scene
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Tortoise Concealing Erotic Scene
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Tortoise Concealing Erotic Scene
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Tortoise Concealing Erotic Scene
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Tortoise Concealing Erotic Scene
  • c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Tortoise Concealing Erotic Scene

c1890 Japanese Carved Ivory Tortoise Concealing Erotic Scene

Price:

£395.00


Product Description

An unusual Japanese erotic ivory carving formed as a realistic miniature tortoise, with a miniature man on top, standing on a lotus leaf.

The tortoise shell opens up to reveal 2 erotic scenes, one shows a couple and the other (under the lid), is a close up of coital sex. On the outside of the tortoise is a man peeping in the hole where the cords go through. The base of the leaf is signed by the artist, but we haven’t been able to determine the name. The 2 halves of the tortoise are held together by a double cord with an ojime, or toggle bead, to keep it tight. This is very similar to that found on Inro boxes, however this is more a novelty than a receptacle. The cord ends in a miniature version of a netsuke, in the shape of a basket. Condition is extremely good without any apparent damage. The ivory has a nice cream colour.

Size: 3.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm (1 3/8 x 1 ¾ x 1 ½ inches)
Weight: 24 g

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