By Toshihiko, signed Toshihiko
Japan, first half of 20th century
Shaped as a fan, the top incised in katakiri-bori with leafy bamboo, the details in gold. Signed to the upper right TOSHIHIKO.
LENGTH 6.2 cm
WEIGHT 18.8 g
Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear.
Provenance: French private collection.
The artist is probably the one listed in the Haynes Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists on page 2040 (H 10354.0) with the remark: “a student and connoisseur of the Goto school and an exponent of its methods.
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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