Magnifying glass

Japan, 19th century

Ivory, glass
8 3/8 inches
Beautiful piece of art of carved ivory, inspired by the ancient Japanese tale “the Monkeys who tried to catch the moon” or in Japanese: Enkou Sokugetsu”.
Inro, ojime and netsuke are small objects created in Japan in the 17th c. They are small pieces of art but with a precisely use, to hold small box objects, since the traditional Japanese clothes, the kimonos, didn’t have pockets. After it, these objects developed to small pieces of art, that sometimes symbolize ancient Japanese tales, like the piece under our study. A work of art of themendously poetry, majesty carved, where we can see monkeys interlaced to each other, and following the natural shape of the ivory.