An iron articulated model of a prawn
An iron articulated model of a prawn

EDO PERIOD (18TH - 19TH CENTURY), SIGNED MYOCHIN MUNENAGA

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An iron articulated model of a prawn
Edo period (18th - 19th century), signed Myochin Munenaga
The iron prawn finely constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body; the claws open, the body bends and the eyes, antennae, limbs and fins move, the details finely carved, signature on the body
10 in. (25.4 cm.) long

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Myochin Munenaga is known for his articulated iron models of hermit crabs and prawns. For an articulated hermit crab signed by Munenaga in The British Museum, see Harada Kazutoshi, ed., Jizai okimono Articulated Iron Figures of Animals, vol. 11 of Bessatsu Rokusho (Kyoto: Maria Shobo Co., Ltd., 2010), pl. 28.

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