Shonai “Wasps”

Menuki: Wasps

Signature/mei: mumei

School: Shonai

Material: copper, gold, shakukdo

Era/jidai: Edo period

Dimensions: (left): 17.9mm x 18.8mm x 3.6/6.44mm

Dimensions (right): 25.0mm x 15.6mm x 3.5/5.4mm

Kiri box

Price: €690 / $770

These menuki with the design of wasps are made of copper. The wings are covered in gold, while the wasp’s stripes are carefully inlaid with shakudo. A typical work of the Shonai school of swords fitting artists.
Currently, there is no attribution by the NBTHK, but I guarantee at least for hozon.