Project Description

Large ivory manju of Kintoki with the carp by Kikugawa Korinsai 

Carved in virtuoso shishiaibori (sunken relief) with the wonder boy Kintoki about to plunge his tanto into the giant carp.  His dress is decorated with roundels, while the carp’s eye is a large inlay of black horn with a surround of silver.  Details of the design are minutely engraved and stippled, with copious use of inking.  Particularly clever is the way that the artist has disguised an original age crack in his material with the ridge of the fish’s back

Signed only with a kaō on the reverse. Tokyo, circa 1880

Diameter: 6.3 cm


I have previously had another similar piece signed by Kikugawa Korinsai with red stained kaō