A highly decorated Japanese matchlock rifle
The 40 inch browned .46 caliber smoothbore barrel with silver-banded cannon muzzle, the neck inlaid with silver tendrils and blossoms; barrel with slightly concave flats and engraved and inlaid in silver with the Race over the Uji River, depicting the partially torn up bridge above which the engraved silver figure of Kagiwara Kagesue holds his bowstring in his mouth as he adjusts his saddle girth while below Sasaki Takatsuna races ahead to engage the enemy. Engraved brass lock. Engraved silver and brass fittings in the form of chrysanthemums and including the figures of rabbits and a lion-dog; underside of fore-end with long, engraved brass panel decorated with pawlonia. Fore-stock lacquered dark brown, the front portion featuring writing dragons on either side in gold, red and brown; the rear portion sprinkled with gold Tokugawa pawlonia mon, the buttstock of figured wood.
Condition: Fine. Barrel showing some minor spotting. Fore-end with some small areas of chipping to lacquer. Buttstock with some grain cracks.