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Japanese inlaid silver incense burner (koro) supported on mythological beasts feet and decorated with roosters, hens and chicks worked in silver, shakudo and shibuichi.
The cover decorated with gilt chrysanthemum blossoms, paulownia on either side and a rooster finial, signed in a seal Tsusetsu 津雪 and Gin mark 銀, Taishō period 1912-1926.
The hakogaki tomobako wood storage box inscribed Ginsei, kin niwatori, koro, Tsusetsu saku, with seal Tsusetsu 銀製, 金鶏鳥香爐, 津雪作 seal 津 雪 (silver koro with golden chickens made by Tsusetsu with seal). The artist Tsusetsu (born 1872- died 1932) had a studio in Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture.
Reference: see a similar design koro but by Katsuhide 'Meiji no takara 明治の宝 Treasure of Imperial Japan, the D. Khalili Collection', Kibo Foundation 1995, Metalwork Part I, no.9.
Also see 'Shoami Katsuyoshi no kenkyu' Asahara Ken, Tokyo 1987 no. 263 and no. 313
And Rokusho Magazine Volume 32 pg. 29 koro by Shoami Katsuyoshi 'The Kyoto Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum Collection'.
Total weight 0.998kg (2.2lb)