Meiji ivory marsupial

Meiji ivory marsupial


A rare Japanese Meiji period carved ivory marsupial.  This is a most interesting piece and probably carved based on a very early etching, because while it is supposed to be an Australian marsupial, it looks more like a guinea pig’s head on a rats body and carrying two young in its pouch while marsupials only carry one. Finely carved and of historical interest because of the quirky anatomy.

Circa 1880

10cm high


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