Browse Lots

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A LOBSTER
AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A LOBSTER
AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A LOBSTER
2 More
PROPERTY FROM A PRINCELY COLLECTION
AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A LOBSTER

EDO PERIOD (18TH-19TH CENTURY), SIGNED MYO AND SHIGE

Details
AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A LOBSTER
EDO PERIOD (18TH-19TH CENTURY), SIGNED MYO AND SHIGE
The iron lobster constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, the body bends and the eyes, antennae, limbs, fins and legs move, the details finely carved and chiseled, signature on underside of body
Body 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) long
Provenance
Malcom Fairley, London

Brought to you by

Takaaki Murakami
Takaaki Murakami Vice President, Specialist and Head of Department

Lot Essay

Two characters on this work, “Myo” and “Shige” may be the signature of the artist, Myochin Muneshige who is known for his iron articulated shrimps.
The spiny shell of this lobster is very intricate and it requires extraordinary effort and technique to create such magnificent details from a sheet of iron. For a similar iron lobster made by Myochin Munekiyo, see Harada Kazutoshi, ed., Jizai okimono / Articulated Iron Figures of animals, Rokusho 11, special edition (2010), pl. 22.

More from Important Japanese Art

View All
View All