Okimono in the form of an articulated model of a rhinoceros beetle, of shakudo with inlaid gold eyes. Signed on the reverse of one wing with an incised signature by the artist, Muneyoshi (Kozan Muneyoshi or Kozan II, the go or art name of Tomiki Muneyoshi). Early Showa era, circa 1926 – 1940.
Hongshan culture (4700 to 3000 BCE) blossomed in what is now the Liaoning Province of the North East China and the eastern areas of Inner Mongolia. These artifacts are made of jade ( whose hardness on the Mohs scale is 7.00-similar to quartz, superior to pocketknife- 5.1; knife blades or window glass plates- 5.5 and close to hardened steel-7.5-8.00!!!)