A bold wood study of a Buzzard. The bird perched on an Awabi shell with wings fully extended. Through a small opening the bird is feeding on the flesh of the Hamaguri shell, which is balanced by the birds wings and the awabi. A most unusual design, clever in its construction as each part assists the other in forming a functional composition. The wood bears a rich patina. The asymmetric himotoshi, the feather work style and the generous proportions lead us in the direction of certain Kyoto studios that display these features in other works. These are all signatures, just not of the Kanji variety.
Kyoto. Last half of the 18th Century.