Ivory and the Aesthetics of Modernity in Meiji Japan

  • Martha Chaiklin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Martha Chaiklin
    Pages 51-74
  3. Martha Chaiklin
    Pages 97-106
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 107-122

About this book


The opening of the ports of Japan in 1859 brought a flood of Japanese craft products to the world marketplace. For ivory it was a golden age. This book examines the role that ivory and ivory carvers played in the expression of nationalism and the development of sculpture in the later nineteenth and early twentieth century.


Ivory ivory Carving Meiji Yokohama netsuke Japan okimono art sculpture craft modernity 20th century aesthetics capitalism individual ivory ivory carving Japanese play transformation twentieth century

Authors and affiliations

  • Martha Chaiklin
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-47296-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-36333-6
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