19th century/Meiji period Japanese bronze / brass letter opener with handle depicting on both sides a kirin standing with its legs apart and looking straight. Kirin is a mythical animal, and has several different subspecies - this one appears to be of a rare 2-horned variety. The blade is engraved with a long-tailed phoenix on a tree on one side and 2 small birds (probably chidori - the plovers) in flight over a tree on the other. Excellent work - see the detailing of kirin"s ferocious face, curly mane and tufts of hair on its legs, superb engraving of the phoenix, birds and leaves, pleasant patina. Length 11 1/4 inches.Domestic: Flat-rate of $20.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Location: This item ships from Massachusetts
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