A fine Japanese Matcha tea box / natsume canister by Sekiya Shiro (1907-1994). Showa era 1926-1989. Composed of bronzed iron having applied gold leaf in a circular pattern. The interior lined with sterling silver. Artist signed underfoot. Measures 2.5" high, 2-3/8" diameter. With original signed wooden box, 3-3/8" x 3-1/8" x 3-1/8".
Artist Bio: Sekiya Shiro was a master of metal forging art. He studied under Kawachi Somei. Awarded the honor of Ningen Kokuho or National Living Treasure, he exhibited widely and won many prizes for his work, among them the President’s Prize of the Nihon Dento Kogeiten. His work is in the collections of the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art and the Akita Prefectural Art Museum.
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