Attributed to Araki Tomei (1817-1870)
Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The shakudo nanako kozuka with a gilt frame, finely worked in gold, silver and shakudo takazogan with two quails and three heads of millet. The matching menuki pair made from gold and each depicting a quail pecking at a head of millet. With a fitted wood tomobako.
SIZE (box) 14.5 x 8.5 x 3.2 cm
WEIGHT (menuki) 8 g, WEIGHT (kozuka) 28 g
Condition: Very good condition with minor expected surface wear.
Provenance: British private collection.
Araki Tomei (1817–1870) was a sword fitting maker active in Kyoto at the end of the Edo period, and is known for inventing a method for carving designs of ripe millet. He worked under members of the Goto school and became a pupil of Goto Hokkyo Ichijo, when he adopted the art name Issai.
For a related menuki pair depicting millet by Araki Tomei, see Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 10 May 2011, London, lot 58 (bought in at 10,000 GBP). For a related kozuka by Araki Tomei, see Sotheby’s, Japanese and Korean Works of Art, 14 July 2005, London, lot 920 (sold for 4,800 GBP).
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