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A superb set composed of a kiseru (pipe), a tabako-ire (pouch for tobacco) and a kiseruzutsu (pipe case). It dates from the Meiji period (1868-1912), with the case dating from at least the end of the Edo period (1615-1868).
The tabako-ire is made of a finely preserved snake leather, with a menuki carved in fine details in the figure of a dragon wrapped around a single golden flower. The ojime is made of reticulated ivory, and the kiseru-zutsu of lacquered wood, sublimely decorated with red and gold lacquer. The case is signed Kogyoku, a lacquer artist from the Edo period; the elegant design of the the kiseru-zutsu is a great example of his mastery.
The small kiseru presents a split bamboo stem, but is otherwise in good condition. Its metallic mouthpiece can be taken off; the shank is only a little loose and seems to have been lacquered in black.
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The set is in overall very good condition.
Dimensions: kiseru 17 cm (6.8 in), tabako-ire 13.2 x 7.2 cm (5.3 x 2.9 in), kiseruzutsu (closed) 21.5 cm (8.6 in)
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