Price

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Japanese iron jizai okimono of a mantis with fully articulated parts, signed Myochin Hiroyoshi 明珍弘美, Meiji Period.

Jizai literally means "moving freely object" were articulated animals with movable bodies, legs and antennas.

They were first made during the Edo period (1615-1868) by armorers who crafted samurai armour, sword guards and equestrian equipment some say to advertise the craftsman's skill.

When the wearing of the swords was prohibited in 1876 the metal smiths and armorers lost their jobs, and started to produce them for the Western collectors during the Meiji era.

Dimensions

H 9 cm x W 21 cm

Price

£3600.00

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  • Since 1918, BADA has been the leading association for the antiques and fine art trade
  • Members are elected for their knowledge, integrity and quality of stock
  • Our clients are protected by BADA’s code of conduct
  • Our dealers’ membership is reviewed and renewed annually
  • Bada.org is a non-profit site: clients deal directly with members and they pay no hidden fees
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