mantis inlay menuki
Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:03 PM
thought I would post this menuki,
I had it for about 5 years, and i have not come across many menuki ( or other fittings ) with stone inlay in these years
I believe one stone is coral other might be jade , petal in the left should be silver
size is 4.1 cm
unfortunately it is not a set
could this be goto style? and anybode acqainted with similar inlay technicques with tosugu
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:22 PM
A little story: There is a Hirata tsuba that has been up for sale and I thought the asking price was crazy until I was able to see the piece better as well as did some reading on the school, discovering that they used different materials and the actual tsuba I was looking at was done with enamals, very nice. From the picture I thought it was just simple normal inlay techniques, but when I was able to see the inlay (or overlay may be a better descriptor) work better, I understood. Here is a little blurb about the school and some examples.
http://www.scholarsr... ... 2142569339
I don't know enough about the school though to know if your piece fits stylistically as a hirata piece. From my understand Hirata pieces are rare so you don't see them often. I would of course keep it for you if you wanted. Thanks for posting, nice little piece.
Posted 19 August 2011 - 12:57 AM
"Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand"
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