Date Created: 10 November 2016
Antique Japanese Ivory Okimono
With Eagle and Monkey
Signed: unsigned, circa: Showa, early 1900s'
H 7 in.(17.5cm), W 3.5 in.(9cm), D 1.5 in.(3.8cm)
measurement not including wood base
Condition: cracklines, o.a. good
An antique ivory okimono, cream to gold with distinct markings and striations, engraved details contrasting with open areas of smooth polished ivory, depicting a falconer with an eagle and monkey, the eagle gripped tightly by one of its legs, showing a fierce gaze, but folding her wings as she comes to rest. The man is most likely the cadger of a hunting party, as falconry was quite popular in Japan, and someone must be appointed to provide a perch for the bird. This woodsman may have been called to deal with his master’s animals, and bears an expression of uncertainty as the eagle bates and the monkey importunes.
Location: Unknown because it is osld to private collector
Link to Website: http://www.buddhamuseum.com/eagle-hunter.html