KYA1425 Japanese Elephant Head Architectural Carving

Realistically rendered elephant profile by a very skilled artist in kayaki (zelkova) wood, probably part of a bigger architectural structure. Eye is painted on paper, top part of trunk is missing, general wear and tear consistent to the age and exposure to the elements. As its carved on one side, it was most certainly attached to a wall.  It is compelling and a definite work of art. Late 19th to early 19th century, Meiji period. Measures 17" W x 10 ½” H x 3” thick.

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