Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The two-part manju netsuke magnificently lacquered with a rich nashiji ground and decorated with a blossoming ume flower, the three leaves each executed in a different technique of nashiji, gold fundame, and greenish lacquer. The plum blossom is worked in lustrous silver takamaki-e with hiramaki-e veins and lacquered dots resembling the stamen of the flower. The reverse with a silver-lined himotoshi, the cord attachment within, the interior of densely sprinkled nashiji.
DIAMETER 4.1 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor and typical wear to lacquer. One tiny repair to the edge of the bottom section, some light crackling to the interior.
Provenance: Ex-collection Shep Brozman, New York.
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