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Japanese Metal Ware77 of 140Iwachu Reiwa (?) Era dragonfly cast iron kyusuIwachu cast iron Azumaya kyusu, circa 1968
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    Posted 3 months ago

    kwqd
    (769 items)

    This winged horse nabeshiki (trivet) is 5.25" in diameter x .75" high. It weighs 9.9 ounces and has a maker's mark and label on back. I purchased this directly from an antique dealer in Japan. They described it as a "Nabeshiki Vintage Signed Nanbu Ironware Pegasus". Later, I found another Japanese seller in Iwate Prefecture, Japan who told me it was made by an Iwate foundry named Bunshudou. It shows a lot of age and wear, but I do not know, and cannot guess, how old it is. The label may be a clue, but I have not been able to decipher it. It appears to have a pair of peacocks on it, though. This is one of a pair of apparently very old trivets I purchased from this dealer. From the seller's images I wasn't sure if this piece was old or just artificially aged to look old but, once I examined it in person, I became convinced that it is old.

    Winged horses are part of Japanese and Chinese myth, but I don't know if that or the Greek Pegasus myth were the inspiration for this trivet.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longma

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus

    https://www.booniehicks.com/nanbu-tekki/

    https://kogeijapan.com/locale/en_US/nambutekki/

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Fabulous winged horse trivet, it is so beautifully detailed
    2. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, Jenni! The cast maker did a great job!

      Thanks for loving my winged horse trivet Kevin, Vynil33rpm and Jenni!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks fortapache, aura and dav2no1!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      The label looks Taisho/early Showa era to me.
      Love the horse.
    5. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks for the information, Karen! I don't have a clue! Yeah, I agree, great horse!

      Thanks for loving my winged horse trivet jscott0363, blunderbuss2, Thomas and Karen!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thank you Watchsearcher!
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 3 months ago
      Fantasy winged equine are an absolute favorite of mine! I love mythology as well, and always thought Pegasus came from the Greeks. I had no idea this fabulous myth was in the Japanese & Chinese cultures as well! See, we learn something all the time when members here are willing to share information along with descriptions! Something you always do Kevin, and it is so appreciated.
      Your trivet here is my favorite...so far!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      I am glad that you enjoyed this post Eileen!

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