Rare Antique Japanese Mixed Metal Plate Signed "Kobayashi Shi Sei" Meiji/Late Edp Period. A Very Rare Chorogi (Crosne) Farm Scene. Stachys affinis, commonly called crosne, Chinese artichoke, Japanese artichoke, knotroot, or artichoke betony, is a perennial herbaceous plant of the family Lamiaceae, originating from China. Its rhizome is a root vegetable that can be eaten raw, pickled, dried or cooked.
In Chinese and Japanese cuisine, S. In particular, its tuber is a part of Osechi, cooked for celebrating Japanese New Year. Dyed red by leaves of Perilla (red shiso) after being pickled, it is called chorogi. In Korea it is called choseokjam??? In French cuisine, its cooked tuber is often served alongside dishes named japonaise or Japanese-styled.An inro is depicted by the side of the leg of an old man that says "Beware of Fire". Raised Gold Color "Kobayashi Shi Sei" Seal Mark on the back. There is also an additional seal mark of the artist and a smudged sign on the front as shown. The base metal for is either Antimony or Spelter or Pewter. However the plate feels solid.
The textured back of this Plate is very well finished. The fine artwork on this piece suggests this was not one of those souvenir or export pieces which usually depicts Samurais and Geishas etc. The Plate was probably produced by "Kobayashi Kin Sei" before it was incorporated, hence "Kobayashi Shi Sei". Kobayashi Company later became a company that produced high quality sterling Silver products. The surface looks like it has been professionally treated to prevent further wear/oxidization.
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