Japanese Sword Handle Ornaments (menuki) of Monkey
They are antique Japanese sword handle ornaments (menuki) dating from the middle to late Edo Period circa the early 18th to mid-19th century. They are made of the Japanese gold-copper alloy (shakudō) with very fine gold (kin) inlays in the eyes of the monkey. The design is that of a monkey holding a fruit which is likely reference an old Japanese or possibly Chinese folktale.
The handle ornaments are unsigned. One ornament measures 3.0 cm (1.2 inches) long and the other measures 2.6 cm (1.0 inches). The condition of the antique ornament is excellent. They date from the middle to late Edo Period. The wooden storage box in the fourth photograph is included in the sale.
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