School of Transcendence
42” x 60” x 1.5”
25,000 hand cast fish
A rare shibayama inlaid ‘mille-fleurs’ tsuba of mokko form, each side decorated in the Shibayama style on a silver ground with a dense bouquet of mixed flowers including chrysanthemum, peony, hydrangea and sakura, all skillfully inlaid in stained mother-of-pearl, with elegant cloisonné enamel butterflies among peonies around the seppadai, mokkogata silver mounted mimi
Japan, meiji period
Another excellent example of historic Ebu-Arts in action! Each tiny flower had to be carefully crafted from individually shells before being inlaid together into this tsuba (sword guard).
This Meissen Axe by Jen Ray, made in collaboration with Meissen Porcelain is another great example of Ebu-Arts - each individual flower a work of art on its own, combined to create a larger compilation. The juxtaposition of flora (the natural) with the harshness of the axe (a man-made weapon designed to cut down the natural world) is a stunning concept!
Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books / The Island of Dr. Mastrovito (2010) and The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II (2013) by Andrea Mastrovito.
Check out this wild Ebu-Arts installation by Andrea Mastrovito! This assemblage is like a 3-D collage, bringing all kinds of flora and fauna out of the pages of their books!
c.1970 - Manhattan Jeweler, Daniel Webb’s, Chinese Dragon Pin
18k gold, platinum, diamond, enamel, ruby
Another brilliant example of Ebu-Arts as jewelry: each segment of this gorgeous dragon had to be carefully cut and shaped: each a small work of art unto themselves, yet combined, they create a magnificent Ebu-Arts dragon!