This beautiful carving is from Japan carved during the Mejii period. It depicts a standing scholarly figure in full scholarly robes. The detail is highlighted by very fine calligraphy.
This is an older piece, not one of the new commercial pieces being "stamped-out" today. This is actual ivory, not plastic, bone or resin. Please look at the attached images and see the fine detail and craftsmanship. It came from an old mid-west collection which was assembled in the 1940s. Many of the other pieces from the collection are still on display in a prominent Illinois University collection.
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The clay on the base is to hold it on the stand. It can easily be removed. The last image is with a light behind it so that you can see the striations within the ivory. I am told this is one method of proving it is authentic. Of course this item is 100% guaranteed like all of our other items.