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Samurai Asahina Saburo Silver Manju
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Edo Period Silver Bronze Manju Netsuke
Asahina Saburo
Kasazuri Biki (Armour Tearing)
Signature: unsigned, Circa: 18th-early 19th Centruy
H 1.8 in.(4.5cm), W 1.8 in.(2.5cm), D 1 in.(4.5cm)
Condition: very good!

Finely cast and finished silver and bronze manju “samurai hero” theme netsuke, quite heavy, with deep tarnish and polished highlights creating a superb patina, skilled hand finishing with excellent detailing of hair and features, various textures of fabric and metal, and forceful rendering of expression, especially that of Asahina, whose fearsome eyes are all that can be seen of his face. The manju depicts the famous Kabuki “armor tearing scene,” in which the legendary samurai strongman Asahina Saburo struggles with Soga no Goro over the armor that Goro has brought to their meeting. The play was first presented in 1683. On the reverse of the piece is a silver ring for fastening, around which unfolds a scene of the samurai Nitta Tadatsune. In 1193, while on a hunting trip near Mount Fuji, he and some friends discovered a subterranean cave. The others feared to enter, but Nitta took up a torch and went ahead to find the goddess Kannon appearing to him in a large cavern, manifesting to praise his bravery.

  
  
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