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Bronze Wood Kagamibuta Netsuke
Signature: unsigned, Circa: 19th century
H 1.75 in.(4.5cm.), W
1.75 in.(4.5cm.), D 0.75 in.(2cm.)
Kagamibuta is shaped like a flattened round pumpkin with the lid made of metal,
which is usually incised or inlaid with gold or silver to create a design in relief.
Often Kagamibuta were made by swordsmiths, who included the polished metal mirror
lids at the top of the design. This lovely work features a floral design in cast
and hammered bronze at the top of the netsuke. The kiko, or chrysanthemum is featured
on the Imperial Crest of Japan and was so beloved by Japanese emperors that they
sat upon chrysanthemum thrones. The flower’s orderly unfolding of petals is held
to be a symbol of perfection.