Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw

A Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw ‘Memento Mori’
Signed; Yoshikazu
Meiji Period – Late 19th Century
Size: 4cm high, 3cm wide, 4cm deep – 1½ ins high, 1¼ ins wide, 1½ ins deep
The ghosts in Japanese mythology and spirit stories are always represented as skeletons or skulls and it is believed in Japan that a spirit, even if the individual’s death is a peaceful and natural one, lingers in its lifetime abode for as long as thirty-three years.

Japanese Carved Ivory Skull with an Articulated Hinged Lower Jaw

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