Shakudo menuki decorated with tigers under bambo covered in snow.
Made of shakudo with silver inlay and gold iroe.
When tiger was introduced to Japan by paintings and fur there was a mix up. Japanese artists thought that striped one was a male and spotted one was a female. While in fact striped is a tiger and spotted is a leopard. So while intention of the artist was to show male and female tiger. They actually made menuki of tiger and leopard.
Made in Edo period.
1: 39 mm x 15 mm
2: 40 mm x 14 mm