Antique Silver Elephant Bead

Meiji Era, 19th Century, Signed Shigennobu or Minshu


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Shop this antique silver elephant bead for sale. This antique Japanese ojime bead is dated to the Meiji period of the 19th century, this genuine silver ojime bead is an original masterpiece for anyone purchasing collectible or ojime beads. Artist signed underside, Shigennobu, or Minshu, this charming bead depicts an elephant and keeper, relating to elements of Japanese symbolism and Buddhism, as elephants represent the theme of happiness.

This bead is exceptionally well modeled for its size and is a true study for anyone interested in Japanese antiques or Japanese metalwork of the Meiji period. This bead is solid, not hollow molded, and is fairly heavy for its size, coming in at 11.25 grams. This ojime would make an outstanding addition to a beaded necklace or bracelet or a presentation-quality ojime for anyone looking to add a bead to their inro and netsuke collection. This bead came to us from a collection of fine Japanese art and antiques on the East coast.


The bead measures 0.6 inches in width.


The item displays tarnish and oxidation consistent with the age of the item—the weight at 11.29 grams.
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