By Seiko, signed Seiko
Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Depicting a leafy chrysanthemum branch with a blossom and bud picked out in silver takazogan, signed SEIKO to the side and mounted on a hallmarked silver plate. With the original cord for the attachment to the obi (sash).
LENGTH 4.5 cm
WEIGHT 15.3 g
Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear.
Provenance: French private collection.
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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