Japanese Ivory Okimono of a Foreign Dog ‘Kame’

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Object Description

A Japanese Ivory Okimono of a Foreign Dog ‘Kame’ with a Carefully Etched and Finely Rendered Brindled Fur Coat his Front Paws Resting on a Barrel Stool a Collar Tied About his Neck the Eyes Inlaid with Polished Horn
Unsigned
Late 19th Century

Size: 4.5cm high – 1¾ ins high

Object History

Ex European Private Collection

Object Literature

It is thought that the Japanese during the early Meiji period on hearing foreigners say ‘come’ when they called their dogs, mistakenly took this to mean ‘dog’ and applied the word ‘kame’ to all Western breeds.

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