Offered by: Tishu
By appointment only Atlanta, GA 30327 , United States Call Seller 305.400.0561


Large Japanese Articulate Iron Lobster Jizai Okimono Signed

$ 3,500
  • Description
    A large articulate spiny lobster (Ise-Ebi) as an ornamental display item, known in Japanese as Jizai Okimono, was made by Myochin Muneyuki circa 1940-50s. The lobster was meticulously constructed in life-size with patinated iron in a realistic fashion. It is completely articulate within joins, from the body to the tail, the antennas to every single limb. It shows an attractive aged patina. Signed "Made by Myochin Muneyuki" on the belly as shown.
    Myochin lineage was an old blacksmith clan known for their metalwork in samurai armors, swords and fittings. Myochin Muneyuki was born in Tokyo in 1917 and became the 51st head of the family. It is said that the metalworkers initially made these to showcase their skills and later in Meiji restoration when weaponry-making declined, it became an independent business itself. Metal okimono became popular in Meiji period, especially Jizai, the articulate animal figure that was painstakingly crafted, often by metal artists whose lineages were traced to pre-Edo period for Samurai clans.
    The length of the lobster is 15" with antennas fully extended.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Iron
    Condition: Good. Fine antique condition, all joins work well, surface patina with mild iron rust in spots as shown.
    Creation Date: mid-20th century
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Animal/Insects, Asian/Oriental, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 600706
  • Dimensions
    W. 15 in; H. 6 in; D. 6.5 in;
    W. 38.1 cm; H. 15.24 cm; D. 16.51 cm;
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