A MIXED METAL KOZUKA HANDLE DEPICTING A FISHERMAN IN A BOAT AND BIRDS
Unsigned, kozuka handle, iron, copper, gold and silver
Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)
A fisherman standing in his boat with a fishing rod and holding a pipe in one hand, executed in high takazogan?relief. The figure is made from copper, the clothes are gilt, the boat is made from silver. Two plovers (chidori), entirely gilt, are flying over the fisherman; they symbolize strength.
LENGTH 9.6 cm
Provenance: German private collection.
condition: Very good condition with minor spots of rust and signs of wear.