This Japanese pair of lacquered wood with gold makie Byobu or screen clips for a hanging screen. We have seen them used on each fold and in this case one on each end with the brass clips would be used in between. They may also be made for holding other artwork. They are special decorative pieces which can be used in addition to the usual Japanese Byobu silk screen metal brackets. They are very stable and held this picture on our countertop just fine. But we do not think these would be used alone to hang a heavy screen, rather in conjunction with the metal screen holders that lock on the top and bottom and they do fit over ours. They date to the ear;y mid-20th century Showa period. They are very finely hand carved, lacquered, then hand painted in gold and brown with cream colors. They are painted with the motif of the Japanese three claw dragon and a bat, an old Japanese design. The wood appears to be that of an old thick bamboo stalk. This pair is in excellent condition on the front, there is wear on the back as can be seen in the pictures from hanging against the wall. A very unusual find and something else from Japan that we thought cool to share to make our lives beautiful.
SIZE: Height 13.2" or 33.52 cm and Width about 2" or 5.08 cm, Depth about 2 1/2" or 6.35 cm
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