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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 06-26-2009 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a solid silver dragon, Meiji period, with its maker's signature. This was given to the Newark Museum in 1941 as part of a large gift of Asian art...

Any idea who the signature represents? It has just gone on exhibition in our Japanese galleries.


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iconnumber posted 09-25-2009 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been doing some research on this silver dragon with its rock-crystal ball.

The signature says Koreyoshi, which I believe is Ishiguro Koreyoshi, who worked in Musashi province in Japan 1832-1887. The MFA Boston has several exquisite tsuba or sword guards by this artist--and it seems that like many artisans who worked for the samurai warrior market, Koreyoshi would have shifted his skills to making beautiful but non-weapon related objects after the Meiji rule began in 1868.

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