Jpapnese pepper tree
44mm x 15mm 43mm x 15mm
It is a pair of very good menuki made of yamagane, may be come from 16th century. The colour can be called deep moss-green or greenish black.
The design is a Japanese pepper tree.
The obverse menuki.
The reverse menuki.
The reverse side of the menuki.
A Japanese pepper tree, "Sansho" in Japanese. It is a bush. Its leaves and seed are very spicy, and they are used as a spice for cooking.