Sash clasp or belt buckle for the flat, braided type of obi, made of dry lacquer, in the shape of a no mask. The mask is Uba, the old woman. On the back there are two metal loops through which the obi is pushed. Signed on back: Kyu.
Comes with its original kiri-wood tomobako. Inscription on box: Obidome, nomen, Uba (kanshitsu), meaning: sash clasp, no mask, Uba (dry lacquer).
Japan, probably Taisho period, first half 20th century.
With Total height: 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm).
Four hair cracks in the face (not visible without loupe), one fissure on the back. Minimal traces of usage on the hooks in the back. All in all good condition.
Dry lacquer (kanshitsu) is a technique, whereby the object is made of lacquer only, no wooden or paper core is holding up the form. This allows for a very free flowing kind of shape, but it is a very labor intensive procedure.