Wooden and ivory tobacco jar, Japanese, 18th century.

Richardson, Claire

 
Wooden and ivory tobacco jar, Japanese, 18th century.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

Boxwood jar carved in the form of a human skull with an ivory snake crawling through the eye and ear socket and a frog sitting on the cranium. Containers for storing pipe tobacco were traditionally known as jars. The earliest types were cylindrical and fairly plain, while later ones were oblong, cast from carved wooden panels.

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