July 18, 2017
Anonymous, Seated Old Man with Book and Basket, c.1868-1912, ivory, 3 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of LeRoy M. Pharis, in memory of his wife Pearl Jones Pharis.
Today’s Artwork of the Day is a highlight from the MOA’s Asian collection. This small statuette, made of ivory, depicts a wise, learned man seated in contemplation. Reference to his wisdom is made by the open book to his side.