A large ivory two-part manjû of a dragon, by Hidetomo. Mid-19th century
The top carved in relief with a winding dragon en face, the five-clawed paws spreading into all direction on a ground of stylized waves (seigaiha) with two tama of coral, on the reverse a panel with the seal characters Daimin Manreki nensei (Made in the Wanli era of the Great Ming) surrounded by two rain dragons on a ground of patterned stripes. Eye pupils of the dragon of black horn. Signed Hidetomo on the inside border.
Diameter 5.8 cm