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I never thought about a beehive or honey pot but you're right I think that would be a great match! I'll keep my eyes open for one.

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I've actually just found a great match, a lovely detailed menuki of the boy Kintaro that legends say befriended and wrestled bears.

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Menuki missing their partners.

The equine set have minor rubbing to Shakudo on horses shoulder and general use marks. Heavy gold overlay. Could probably go with a whip or saddle or maybe a single horse. Quite a bit should pair with this one. £50

 

The floral menuki is large and of reasonable or mediocre quality.£35

Happy to buy the orphans that may compliment these as well.

Thank you for looking Adam

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On 5/18/2018 at 11:31 PM, Tanto54 said:

Looking for a match for this Dragon Boat Menuki.  Note the fine detail - literally hundreds of inlays and the faces are about the size of a pen tip...)

 

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Holy WOW

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That is a fantastic menuki!
Out of interest, can we get dimensions and a pic of the back?

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Stephen i think has a nicely iron dragon boat tsuba which would fit perfect to that menuki.

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The Dragon Boat Menuki is about 2.5 inches long (a little over 6cm).  The main body of the menuki is only about 1.75 inches, but the dragon tail adds another .75 inches to the length.  Here's the back:

 

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Those are thin, pressed brass and have 2 pins. This is a good menuki. Not all have the typical square post.

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Dear Jesse, older high level menuki often have rounded posts - one solid and one hollow (see photos below).  Another sign of age and quality is Uttori (the use of thick gold foil instead of gold wash - see photo below from the backside of the tail of the Dragon from my menuki posted above) - you can tell that it is gold foil folding over the edge instead of being brushed on like paint.

 

 

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