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It was made by all embossing. It is very hard work specially in iron. But it has very delicate feelings. Amaging work. Also bee's head can move as Jizai Okimono.
The rusty iron expression match well with witherd rose one.
size 43cm-10cm-8cm(h)

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It have very handsome look that the carving is deep.
In addition, it have one more interesting thing, as for this work, the whole seemed to be covered with red lacquer. I thought it is rust. But it isn't rust but red lacquer. Probably it was produced as a red mamushi at the time.
The maker is Muneyoshi of the Tomiki family(Takase Kozan studio). He is good at making snake. And there were many works. But I haven't seen such a rare lacquer work.
size 95cm  Showa era.
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Tanaka Muneyoshi is a craftman of Takase Kozan studio. He was good at making Articulated iron figures of animals(Jizai okimono). Especially dynamic iron works compared to other craftman in Kozan studio.
This work weights very heavy. But is built up by hammering. It needs a massive power. I think it is a work to be able to make only in his youth.
He is famous for Jizai Okimono. And also this work can be maved by iron wheels. So, we can say it is a JIzai Okimono too.
size 30cm-18cm-19cm(h)

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You can feel a technique of iron hammering with your fingers when you look at the back side. The back of the tiger is especially expressed delicately.
Fujishima Saburo received the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon in 1959.

He made them A winter day in 1941. With original signed box.
11.5cm-11.5cm-2cm(h) each
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Very fine quality! I can't believe it was made by bronze.

There are male and female in this work.

8cm-6cm-6cm(h)

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There is a high level of skill required to inlay like a drawing by brush.

It is a collaboration with Zeshin Shibata. It is inlaid on the writing brush with the dynamism of the sketch.

size 42cm

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There are success or failure Jizai pieces in Kozan and Myochin studio. Becouse there were many young craftmans who are not ripen.

But, the quality of this mantis is really nice. Overall balance is great. And all articulars have roundish shape. It makes the mantis elegance. Condition is perfect. It showes us splendid pose.

size 9.0cm long with original sined cloth and box.

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It is very interesting design. Like sign of Batman. We don't know much about Yamagishi Syunsai. But his work was bought by Tokyo art university on 1890 year.

size 45cm-45cm-55cm(h)

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There is also a lot of flexibility in the design. The wing can open not only the side but also the upper direction. The pose is looks just like the gull wing door of the supercar. And also buttocks part and hand part is splendid.

This all black mantis is special made for our gallery. The finish of the details stood out more with that.

L75 X W45 X H60mm
Copper brass bronze

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Takase Kozan wasn't made only JIZAI OKIMONO. He olso made such a ellegant ornament. I offten happen to see silver plant ornament. But I have never seen such a ellegant one which was made by several kind of metal. It is very cool design and rare work.

size 32cm-19cm-10cm(h) with original signed box

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This is the smallest Jizai dragon. However, not only small, but also you can understand and deeply appreciate charm of the dragon in your palm. Small parts overlap well and work surprisingly smoothly. I feel it is very pleasant and I want to play with it purposelessly with my hands all the time. 

Kotobukido study classic Jizai works devotedly. So,his work tickles the heart of a collector who like classics. I think it is popular with experts.

This work is special edition of our gallery. The sword and several parts is made by Gold. And the body is made by silver.

size 8.8cm long

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A dragon looks in a pot and will aim at something. I can imagine a story from an expression and a body with the movement of dragon. The dragon is big size for the pot. The direction is unusual and atractive.  The inlay of a back and eyes is very beautiful work.
size 13cm-10cm-16cm(h)  Signature Kako (Chokichi Suzuki)

One of the most important metal artists working during the Meiji era, Suzuki Chōkichi was both skilled at metal casting, carving and inlay. His work is often dramatic and ornamental in design, with lavish use of colored metal inlays and rich red lacquer overlays. Born in 1848 in Iruma County of Musashi Province (present-day Sakado City in Saitama Prefecture), Suzuki Chōkichi spent most of his life working in Tokyo. From 1874 until its dissolution in 1891, he was director of the government-sponsored art export company, the Kiritsu Kōshō Kaisha. He exhibited widely at domestic and international exhibitions, including the Paris World Fair Exhibition in 1878 and the Chicago World Fair Exhibition in 1893 (where he exhibited his famous set of twelve falcons). In 1893, Chōkichi was designated an Imperial Court Artist (Teishitsu Gigei-in).

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Jizai figures were made mostly in iron during Edo period, but in the Meiji period example made of silver and copper increased. This work made of silver has been minutely rendered down to the spines on the antennaes.

Muneyoshi was a main craftsman in the Takase Kozan studio. Kozan managed a company that produced mrtal ornament including Jizai works. But he couldn't create the Jizai pieces by himself. Actually, all works was made by Tomiki family. Even among them, Muneyoshi was good at delicate work. And I feel elegance from his work conpare to other craftsmen work.

size 26cm long (The state of hold up the antennae)

We have more Jizai collection other than web site. Please come and touch the real works in our gallery.

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It is very heartwarming puppies. The tail is really lovely!

Takahashi Ryoun(active Late Meiji - Taishō - Early Shōwa Era) lived in Tokyo, and worked from Late Meiji into the Early Shōwa Era. He graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, and was famed for his skill in casting bronze. The Tokyo Casting Association lists him as a designated special member, a ranking reserved for only the best artists.
size 17-10-14.5(h)cm 16-13-9(h)cm

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His foundry technique is rated highly. And this tortoise is expressed in detail well, too. You can fully feel the technique of the master craftsman.

size 9.5cm-5cm-3.5cm(h)

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It is an elegant work like the Funakoshis. The expression of the rabbit in particular is expressed well.

He was apprenticed to Funakoshi Syunmin(船越春珉) and was become an adopted child later. His works are dedicated to Ise-jingu Grand Shrine. He was active in the Taisho era, the Showa era.

size 18cm-18cm-32cm(h)

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There is not such a delicate and so beautifully butterfly. If there is it, it is famous gold butterfly by Tomiki Muneyoshi. Mr.Mitsuta worked hard at create this time to challenged the gold butterfly.  And the completed work was very attractive not only as Jizai but ornament. And I think it must be new masterpiece Jizai okimono of new generation.

L100×W100×H50mm

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I handled a lot of shrimp Jizai okimono of Myochin & Kozan work. And I can introduce that the shrimp is one of the most delicate and cool detail work of past our collections. I'm surprised that the complicated work and a lot of articulate parts.

L150 X W60 X H50mm copper,brass,bronze.

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I got new works of Mitsuda Haruo. In this new work, surface structure is expressed well and very attractive. Ofcourse you can also feel the softness of legs when I put it on the palm in this time. I guess you feel little tickle. In this time, he made that the beetle's head turn upwards. So, we feel better when you display it as ornament. 

L90×W65×H30mm

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It has good patina& looks cute!

size 13-8-17(h)cm

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The heron is carved very good work with grace. When you put it on your room, the blank space will become more charm.

size 20cm(h)

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The new work of Mr.Mitsuda arrived. The two crabs are so much alike that you cannot tell which is which. but when you see the other side, it is female, and the back is different from a male in the size of the stomach. And also the size of crab's claws are a little bit different. He is a man having feelings in the really small place. We can understand that he made it to faithfully to the real one.
Male L50×W35×H25mm Female L50×W35×H25mm

Made of bronze and brass.

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It is a very elegant work. It is a particularly sophisticated design in Masahiko's work.

It is luxurious, but very stylish even if you use it as a wine cooler.

This work in different color exhibited at ''The33rd Japan traditional art crafts exhibition''(1986).

size 24-24-24(h)cm

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It has a lot of depth. It was made at early Edo priod. The patina is excellent and the dragon's work is also very good. There is a signature and place on the bottom ''Kyoto Yamada Fumajyo Fujiwara Tamahisa''. And it has great box with metal work.

size 30-30-32(h)cm

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As for this work, his technique is fully shown.
Really careful work is given to the legs. I can feel the softness of legs when I put it on the palm. I have an illusion as if I ride a genuine stag beetle on a hand.
I am really amazed to learn to model it on a genuine article until the touch.

L70×W50×H18mm, L50×W30×H15mm

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size, The one dog 20-10-9(h)cm, The two dog 18-18.5-15(h)cm

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Mr.Mitsuda made new type spider jizai okimono. He improve his skill through constant discipline.

It also can be hang from the ceiling like real spider.

H25×W48×D50mm

copper, bronze and brass

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It is a wonderful work that unites a Western Europe forming and a traditional technique of Japan.

We can tell you the style was influenced by Kiyoshi Umino who is the master of Yoshiyuki.

However, the best charm is his original design in this work.

This work has beauty and dignifiedly, and has a kind of romance.
This work is "The 9th Setagaya art exhibition" and "The exhibition of Cyosa Yoshiyuki(1990)" exhibition work.

size 23-19.5-32(h)cm

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KATORI MASAHIKO (1899-1988) is ''A living national treasure'' in Japan.
He is a most gerat metal artist in TAISYO and SYOWA era.
He won many prizes. (TEITEN,Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes and so on)
This work is on the book of ''KATORI MASAHIKO warks'' (published 1969year).
36cm(h)
 
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This is a quite unusual piece. I am always impressed by his work. His designig sense is amazing. He always challenged new things though he valued old culture and skills.

Oshima Joun, 1858-1940.

Oshima Joun taught at the Tokyo school of Fine Arts, and was famous for his skill in casting. 

12cm(h)

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It is very ''IKI" work only in EDO(Tokyo) style.

"IKI" means very cool in EDO.

The sense of this work might still belong only to EDO people.

The frog's work is wonderfull. It seems to be going to begin to move.

Size 25cm(h)

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This Jizai Okimono is very well done, especially details.

The condition is also perfect. Made of iron.

Longest 25cm (Body only14cm)

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Inlaying is given to their eyes by SYAKUDO (red copper) and hair work is great.

The work is one of my favorite because very lovely.

Big one 13×12×16(h)cm Small one 13×8×9(h)cm

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Very unusual MORIAGE. We have to call this work ''super moriage''.

The work is very powerful designing and also, the details are very fine work given.

size 24×30cm(h)

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The Jizai Okimono is very interesting piece. It can be hang from the ceiling like real spider.

H30×W40×D40mm

copper, bronze and brass

2010

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H13×W76×D54mm

bronze and brass
2010

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The Jizai okimono is just like real Stag beetle!

Very fine work given.

H18×W50×D70mm
copper, bronze and brass

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Made of pure silver. Perfect condition.

About 10cm. Taisho-Showa Era.

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With good patina.

Around 1750 AD.

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Shinu is a pupil of Oshima Jyoun.

This work was finished completed nicely. The drape's(clothing) expression is specially wonderful. And the eyes are inlaid gold.

Size 30×18×12cm(h)

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Takamura Toyochika is a living national treasure.

His work is different from any other artist in the same age. The works are very modern but take over traditional skills.

Size 24cm(h)

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Takahashi Kaisyu is a person who built Kanazawa's metalwork foundation after the war.

This work's silhouette is very beautiful, and a peculiar inlaying to Kaga is given to the collar.

Made of Bronze Size 40cm

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We can see the features of Kaga Zogan in this work that very fine work is given.

Butterflies are Inlaid in gold, silver,shakudo and shibuich.

size 25cm(h)

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H50×W50×D50mm

Haruo Mitsuda was received the Grand Prize of "The 2nd Art Plaza Grand Prize- Tokyo National University of Fine Arts" in this work.

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Haruo Mitsuda is a contemporary metal artist.

But he has amazing minute fine skills. He always create jizai okimono in real size of insects.

He studied metal work in Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. And then he became the pupil of a famous Jizai maker Tomiki.

size H20×W60×D40mm

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Carving that work is very good is given.

size 56cm(h)

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The metal work has grace and dignity. And it is given minute carving even the tip of legs.

size 20cm(h) Include the pedestal.

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Jizai Okimono are realistically shaped figures of animals made from iron, copper, shibuichi (copper and silver alloy) and shakudo (copper and gold alloy). Their bodies and limbs are articulated, and can be moved like real animals.
This Lobster is made of Iron. And It is very nice work and condition.

Made by Myochin Munekiyo who is a most famous artist for JIZAI OKIMONO and suit of armors.

Edo period.  size 19cm long.

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It is a very unique work that designed the entire vase like the surface of the water.

With original signed box.

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