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A COPPER ARTICULATED MODEL OF A LOBSTER
A COPPER ARTICULATED MODEL OF A LOBSTER
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A COPPER ARTICULATED MODEL OF A LOBSTER

20TH CENTURY, SIGNED KOZANBO MUNEAKI (ISHIKAWA MUSABURO OF KOZAN WORKSHOP)

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A COPPER ARTICULATED MODEL OF A LOBSTER
20TH CENTURY, SIGNED KOZANBO MUNEAKI (ISHIKAWA MUSABURO OF KOZAN WORKSHOP)
The copper lobster constructed of numerous hammered plates joined inside the body, the body bends and the eyes, antennae, limbs, fins and legs move, the details finely carved and chiseled, the body with reddish-brown patina; signature on underside of fin
12 ½ in. (31.8 cm.) long

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With their intricate bending shell, claws and antennae, shrimp and lobster are ideal subjects for the master jizai metalworker. The flexible body of the shrimp has the positive meaning of the things going along smoothly and the spiny carcass of the lobster calls up samurai armor. The Japanese word for shrimp, ebi, translates literally as “old man of the sea”, suggesting longevity. In Japan, shrimp and lobster are served as special occasions and arranged in displays celebrating the New Year.
This type of lobster is called Ise ebi in Japanese as many of these lobsters are harvested in Ise Province, Mie Prefecture. It is said that the spiny shell of lobster protects people from demon (oni) and brings good luck. In some of regions in Ise province, there is an old custom of decorating the sacred rope at shrines (shimenawa) with a lobster shells.
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