England | c. 1880
A charming carved ivory okimono of a 'bijin' or beauty. She is dressed in an elegant kimono engraved with a design of leaves and fans, and fastened with a traditional obi. Her hair is gathered in an elaborate top-knot style, and stained with black lac to create a striking contrast with her ivory skin. She holds a teapot and a branch with a single chrysanthemum.
This okimono was produced in the Meiji Era (1868-1912) - a period of great artistic achievement in Japan.
Signed to the base '玉伝' - 'Tamade'
Measurements: 7 1/2” (18 cm) High