Fujiwara no Kamatari

Organization control number
H-758
Classification
Lacquerwar
Author
By Shimamura Shunmei (1855-96)
Era century
Dated 1892 (Meiji 25)
Item shape
Ivory
Donor
Gift of Japan Delegate Office for World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
Shunmei (1855–1896) was the son of a craftsman who created decorative sculptures for Shinto shrine architecture. He became famous at the age of 16 after carving a depiction of the Sixteen Arhats in the transom of the Ekoin Temple. Although he excelled at working with wood, he later switched to ivory. Receiving acclaim for his depiction of historical figures, he played a leading artistic role during the Meiji era (1868–1912), during which ivory carving reached its zenith.