Length: 67.500 cm (including feelers)
Gift of A.C. Jahn
Asia JA 1937.12-18.1
Articulated model crayfish, by Muneaki
From Japan, 19th century AD
An iron crustacean
The British Museum has a group of these objects including a dragon, a pheasant, a crab and a slithering snake as well as this crayfish and a carp. Most of the pieces were made by later members of the Myōchin family of armour component makers. This crayfish is signed Muneaki saku (‘made by Muneaki').
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)