Omori School, 18th/19th century Of oval form, carved in relief with turbulent water and inlaid in iroe takazogan with sea creatures including crayfish, fugu and octopus, signed Omori Teruhide.
8cm (3 1/8in).
鐔 海洋生物 銘「大森英秀」 18/19世紀
Provenance: purchased at Sotheby's London, 1964.
Omori Teruhide (1730-1798) was adept at the carving of turbulent water on sword fittings, as shown on the present example. The various marine creatures were probably added at a later date.