An extremely fine Japanese fully articulated ivory okimono of a spiny lobster, ebi, by Yamazaki Nankai


Meiji-period, 19th century, signed Nankai in red underneath

L. 55.5 cm

The highly naturalistic carved lobster has long spiny antennae, ten legs, mandibles, a segmented body and a fan-shaped tail. Even when touching the okimono, the sound it makes resembles the crawling of the lobster on the seabed. Every single joint is moveable and attached by a tiny ivory pin, which shows the absolute craftsmanship of the maker. 

On intricate modern powder-coated stand.


Fine Art - Antiques​

Keizersgracht 541-543

T: 0031 (0)6 207 43 671


Opening times Amsterdam

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Tongersestraat 2 | 6211 LN 

The Netherlands

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Schermafbeelding 2020-10-03 om 13.04.28.

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