I couldn't suppress my collectors instinct yesterday and bought this ivory box. The very ornate lid shows scraffito & ivory carving of the highest order - Carved in relief and with black ink in the deeper "scratches" to accentuate contrast & depth. The animals depicted are elephant, lion, tiger & monkey.
Most probably Japanese, late 19th century.
TIGER & MONKEY
Note the tiger's whiskers, they appear almost 3D
yet they are only delicate "scratches" on the ivory.