By Hamano Teruchika (active c. 1800), signed Hamano Teruchika with kakihan
Japan, Musashi province, c. 1800, Edo period (1615-1868)
Carved and inlaid with Onna San no Miya standing beside a screen beneath which her cat tries to hide, in katakiribori and gold, silver and shakudo takazogan, the reverse signed HAMANO TERUCHIKA with a kakihan. With a wood tomobako (storage box).
LENGTH 9.4 cm
WEIGHT 29.3 g
Condition: Excellent condition with only minor wear.
Provenance: Edward Wrangham collection, Bonhams, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art Part II, 10 May 2011, London, lot 28 (sold for 1,560 GBP).
The present kozuka depicts a literary character in the Young Herbs: Part One (Wakana jo) chapter of Tale of Genji, in which the pet cat belonging to Onna San no Miya (the Third Princess) escapes out on to the balcony, and Kashiwagi, who is playing court football outside, catches a glimpse of the princess through the gap in the curtain and falls in love with her.
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