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.

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