Gold Japanese Sword Handle Ornaments (menuki)
These are oversized antique Japanese sword handle ornaments (menuki) made likely for a long sword (katana). They are made from a solid gold sheet. The finely detailed design is that of a lion-dog (shishi) playing with peony flower (botan-hana). The workmanship and style remind me work produced by the independent Kyōto based goldsmiths that were active during the late Edo Period.
They are unsigned by the artist who made them. Each handle ornament measures 4.2 cm (1.6 inches) long and 2.0 cm (0.8 inches) wide. Overall the condition of the antique set is excellent. They date from the late Edo Period circa early to mid-19th century.The wooden storage box in the last photograph is not included in the sale and is for demonstration purposes only.