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Sculptural ornament /Okimono
MPE 79088
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The okimono, signed Kohosai with kao, testifies the highest level achieved by Japanese ivory carvers of the Meiji era.

History of the Object
Prince Enrico di Borbone-Bardi developed during his journey to the East (1887-1889) one of the most outstanding collections of Asian art. Back in Europe he arranged the collection at his home, the Palazzo Vendramin Calergi in Venice, and opened it to the public. After his death many items were sold in auction and purchased by various European museums. The main part of the collection is actually in the Museo Orientale di Venezia.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Ivory, mother-of-pearl 
Measurements
Width 22,1 cm. Height 14,5 cm.  
Creator name
Kohosai Ueda 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
19th Century - 20th Century; 1804-1929; Anuvong Period 
Function
Decorative 
Acquisition
Bought in Wien in 1908 from the auction house, Trau 
Copyright
©Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma 
Acknowledgements
Text: Francesco de Feo, Loretta Paderni Photo: Giorgio Bronchi, Fabio Naccari ©Soprintendenza al Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma 
Owner
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini, Roma State property, Italy 
Museum
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico  
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