19th century/early Taisho period Japanese bronze and wood kakhara - a Buddhist rattle to scare off small creatures like snakes and insects, and thus prevent the carrier from stepping on them. Was used by a wandering monk or pilgrim. White bronze top with 2 pairs of loose rings that produce the sound, nicely cast, very pleasant patina. Dense fruitwood handle with beautiful patina. Total length 11 1/2 inches.
1900-1910s (late Meiji - early Taisho) Japanese temple boxwood seal of square section. Superb quality crisp carving of 16 characters in regular script, red seal paste in the grooves of the seal. Metal stud on the side indicates the position of the top of the imprint. Inscribed in ink on top and one side. Beautiful patina on the surface of wood. Height 2 3/8 inches, base 11/16 inches square.