Articulated Silver Crab At the end of the feudal period (1853) when the US Navy arrived & demanded Japan to reopen their ports & tradings with Westerners the Samurai class was abolished. Almost all machi-koba (factory) – where armors and armaments had been produced for centuries were closed, and the unemployed blacksmiths, craftsmen started using their skills to make household & ornamental objects in bronze and other metals: koro, vases, okimono.. Articulated animals are a deviated application of their armor-making skill, where thin pieces of metals are overlaid, interconnected to create specific forms with natural flexibility. Here presented is a very rare & highly unusual Japanese silver (probably plated copper/bronze) crab pill / snuff box. The crustacean is quite flexible, even with its eyes. Its apron – shown that of a young female – opens to reveal a hidden compartment for pill or spices, snuff? Covered by the apron. At the end of the feudal period (1853) when the US Navy arrived & demanded. Japan to reopen their ports & tradings with Westerners the Samurai class was abolished. This is not sterling silver. Height: 3 cm Length: 10 cm. Width: 13 cm Weight: 0.095 Grams. CONDITION: Excellent with slight random (adjustable) bendings. Get images that make Supersized seem small. Tailor your auctions with Auctiva’s. Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “Articulated Silver Crab snuff box” is in sale since Friday, August 21, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Chinese\Figures & Statues”. The seller is “sell.for.you” and is located in Melbourne, VIC. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Handmade: Yes
- Modified Item: No
- Provenance: Ownership History Not Available