By Toyokawa Mitsunaga II (1851-1923), signed Mitsunaga
Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Depicting a shibuichi pair of flying geese with the eyes, beak and feet picked out in gold takazogan, signed to the side MITSUNAGA.
LENGTH 5.1 cm
WEIGHT 9.4 g
Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear.
Provenance: French private collection.
Toyokawa Mitsunaga II is listed on page 175 in the TOSO KINKO JITEN by Wakayama Takeshi. He became a pupil of Mitsunaga I and married his daughter and studied in the Yanagawa school under his father-in-law.
Obidome (sash clips) are miniature mixed metal clips which were mounted to the obi (sash) with the help of a cord. Like kagamibuta netsuke and kanamono they were fashion accessories, many of them made by famous and celebrated metalwork artists who previously made sword fittings, which fell out of demand due to the Sword Abolishment Edict in 1876. The craftsmanship of these certainly rivaled those of the finest Western jewelers.
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