Vintage Japanese Shakudo Meiji Era Macaque Letter Opener
Vintage Japanese Shakudo letter opener made from mixed metals. Late Meiji period in date (1868 -1912) this beautifully ornate letter opener was crafted with great skill and detail. The handle is ornately decorated with 3 dimensional macaque ( snow monkeys) holding on to each other. All three macaque have coppered face, some coppered fruit, a gold gilt basket and the top one wears a mired black hat as that of a high priest. The blade depicts fruit on both sides.
The Japanese macaque (snow monkey) has featured prominently in the religion, folklore, and art of Japan, as well as in proverbs and idiomatic expressions in the Japanese language. In Shinto belief, mythical beasts known as raijū sometimes appeared as monkeys and kept Raijin, the god of lightning, company. This would make a fabulous birthday gift, housewarming gift holiday gift or for any Japanese metal enthusiasts.
Opener measures: 11.25" long by 1" wide and weighs 2.4oz.
In good condition considering age and use - please see all pictures as they form part of the description.
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