Oriental ivory came primarily from elephants rather than whales. This
July 28th, 2005
Oriental ivory came primarily from elephants rather than whales. This 18" tusk from the Meiji period was the largest in the sale. The dragon was carved in high relief, and the details were rendered with precision and artistic sensitivity, contributing to the dramatic effect. Although the creature is mythical, its pose and contour made it appear alive and convincing. A Japanese dealer bought it for $6380. Eldred's photo. Robert C. Eldred Company's Oriental Art Auction, East Dennis, Massachusetts, August 19-24, 1996.