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Niō Figural Kinko Menuki. Copper-Bronze Alloy, Gold Details

Niō Figural Kinko Menuki. Copper-Bronze Alloy, Gold Details

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900: Item # 1319508
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A pair of Niō or Kongōrikishi figural menuki. The copper-bronze alloy with traces of black patina suggesting possibly rubbed shakudo (meaning the alloy may have a low gold content which composition would take a blue-black patination.) Gold details decoration of attire. While a pair of Kongōrikishi would typically form Ah-um ("Ah", mouth opened and "Um", mouth closed), this is not easily discerned with the present pair which also strike the same (rather than opposed) posture. It may be that this wasn't deemed important when each would be wrapped on a different side of a tsuka. Or these may be a very well matched menuki from different pairs (there are slight differences.) In any event, they would work very well together on a tsuka. Good condition. Solder evidence on back as they were affixed to a cha-donsu. Each length, 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm)