08 Hoshu (Yoshihide)

Hoshu (Yoshihide)

Tokyo, circa 1900

Hoshu (Yoshihide)

An elderly cooper sits inside a barrel section, bracing it with one leg to keep it still. He smiles in busy contentment as he smooths the inner surface with a plane. The head and limbs are carved in ivory and details are inlaid in silver, shibuichi and pale buffalo horn.

Hoshu (Yoshihide)

Signed on an inlaid silver tablet: Hoshu (Yoshihide)

Width: 2.8cm, depth: 2.6cm

Hoshu (Yoshihide)