Beautiful futatokoro-mono set of Menuki and Kozuka depicting galloping horses. Ancient Japanese worshiped horse as a god. They believed that the “divine spirit” appeared in the human world on horseback, and horses were sometimes offered at Shinto shrines for the coming of the gods. Evidence indicates that the horse was first harnessed in Japan during the late 4th century AD during the Kofun period. Fine mixture of carving techniques, focused inlay in gold and silver.
Attributed to a Kyo-Kinko group, late Edo period
Left: 37 x 17 x 6 mm
Right: 38 x 16 x 6 mm
Measurements: 97 x 14.5 x 5 mm
In custom Kiri-box
Landscape Set of Fittings
Rich on details landscape motif: village houses by the river, fisherman boats, nocturnal scenery. Skillful play with colors of alloys and materials gives a real-life picture feeling. Fantastic example of Japanese metalwork.
Attributed to Someya Masanobu (H 04312.0), grandson of Someya Masanobu (H 04347.0), founder of the Someya school, who were described as carvers of exquisite landscape motifs