A fine, rare and small iron jizai (fully articulated) okimono of a dragon
By Myochin Kiyoharu, Edo Period, 18th/19th century
Realistically rendered with a long serpentine and undulating body, forged with numerous hammered scales joined inside the body with karakuri tsunagi, the spines finely crafted, the leg joints, head, mouth and ears each constructed of moving parts, its tail clutching the hilt of a gold Shinto sword; signed beneath one foreleg Kiyoharu; with wood storage box. 33.8cm (13 3/8in) long. (2).