Post by japanantiqueauctions on May 16, 2016 8:52:54 GMT -5
Lovely menuki being offered by my excellent and very knowlegeable customer in the US.
Unagi (eel) like almost everyting else in Japan, has metaphorical significance. The unagi grows quickly and always struggles against the river current, and in spite of adversity, manages to progress. Thus the owner may have chosen these menuki to lend connotations of health and perseverance.
Unagi menuki attributed to Mito school, mumei (unsigned). This is an exceptionally high quality and rare theme accomplished in rich black/purple shakudo with gold iroe eyes. The unagi menuki were skillfully carved creating an undulating and realistic look that illustrates the advanced artistry of the Mito school. Presented in a custom fitted kiri wood box and complete with NBTHK Hozon papers. See attached pictures and pdf. Price: $3,800 USD all in.