H. 13/16 in. (2 cm); W. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); D. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910
Not on view
Carvers often select rare and expensive woods for their creations or juxtapose various materials in novel compositions. Embedding one material into another requires the utmost precision, particularly when joining materials of differing physical properties, such as wood and ivory. In this example, a young boy playing a flute, carved of ivory, serenades a recumbent ox, made of wood. Fine lines incised on the surface of the ox delineate individual hairs on its hide. The red seal on the ox's underside reads "Tokoku."
[ Adam Clark Vroman , Pasadena, CA, until 1910; sold to Sage].; Margaret Olivia Sage , New York (until 1910; donated to MMA).
Artist: Date: late 11th to early 12th century Accession Number: 2015.300.251a, b Date: late 11th to early 12th centuryMedium: Lacquered and gilded Japanese cypressAccession: 2015.300.251a, bOn view in:Gallery 224