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Pair of lacquer panels, craftsmen, Japan, Meiji period

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Pair of lacquer panels, craftsmen, Japan, Meiji period
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A pair of most unusual black lacquer panels of rectangular shape, with mother-of pearl and bone inlay. In the middle in an oval outline a craftsman has been portrayed at work. The left panel shows the maker of Buddhist sculpture, in the process of applying the decoration on the garment of a standing Kannon figure. The left panel portrays sculptor who is chiseling a guardian fox for an Inari shrine. Each of them signed on a inlaid piece of bone. Japan, Meiji period.
Each ca. 22 5/8 x 15 3/8 inches.
Few traces of usage, one small repaired spot, very good condition.

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