Taking a Break – Ivory Figurine

I am an old man enjoying the afternoon with my cup of sake (alcoholic drink made from fermented rice), my lunch box, and a tea caddy. Just in case it’s a hot day, I have my fan to cool me off. You’ll also see my sword tucked in back, should I need it someday.

I started my journey in Japan in the Taisho Period (1912-1926). The name Taisho, which means “great righteousness,” was selected by Emperor Yoshihito. Mary Hulton Phillips, Founder of The Maridon Museum, discovered me and took me into her home in 1987, where I resided until the opening of the museum in 2004.  Today I reside with many other Indian elephant ivory figurines in the Rear Gallery Ivory Exhibit.  Please take a break and visit.