Bowser Ivory Carvings

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Figurine of two men; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0233.
Figurine of two men; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0233.
Okimono of samurai and woman; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0221.
Okimono of samurai and woman; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0221.
Figurine of archer and two women; Ivory, wood, paint; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0227.
Figurine of archer and two women; Ivory, wood, paint; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0227.
Figurine of samurai; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0240.
Figurine of samurai; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0240.
Okimono of samurai and retainer; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0220.
Okimono of samurai and retainer; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0220.
Netsuke of snake on turtle; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC19999-0213.
Netsuke of snake on turtle; Ivory; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC19999-0213.
Figurine of archer; Ivory, wood; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0243.
Figurine of archer; Ivory, wood; Japan; Early 20th century. University of Missouri Bowser Collection MAC1999-0243.

The Bowser Collection at the University of Missouri's Anthropology Museum contains Japanese ivory carvings and other Asian decorative arts dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries. These items are from the estate of William A. and Florence T. Browne, who collected Asian archery-related arts and crafts and donated an extensive collection of archery thumb rings to the Museum. In 1999, in honor of Mrs. Browne, Miss Eva Bowser purchased and donated to the Museum the Browne's collection of ivory carvings and related materials. These miniature works of art offer a treat for the eyes as well as a glimpse of Japanese habits and customs.