Lapidary Works of Art and Ivories

Musician with balalaika

    Musician with balalaika

    The 20th century

    Agate, jasper, lapis lazuli, chalcedony, gold; carving, polishing, casting

    Height 12.7 cm


    Mustached musician sits on agate bench with his legs crossed and plays the balalaika. His shirt is of jasper, pants are of lapis lazuli, straw shoes are of red jasper, the face, hands and cloth wrapped round feet (onuchi) is of translucent beige chalcedony, the belt with tassels rope and cord are gold. The balalaika is carved from agate with gold strings.