TOSHIKANE Vintage Japanese Silver Porcelain "Noh" Mask Earrings
Toshikane was a Japanese company from Arita, Japan that fabricated porcelain buttons, jewelry, and other ceramic pieces, dating back to as early as the 1940's. Each Toshikane design has a distinctly Japanese look and feel, incorporating elements such as Asian fans, the Seven Lucky Gods, and exotic bird and flower designs into the work. Usually set in silver, the porcelain pieces are intricately hand painted in a variety of vibrant colors. Because they are no longer fabricated, Toshikane pieces are now a rare find and are highly collectible.
These unique Vintage earrings by Toshikane are a wonderful example of the company's signature style! Each earring features a hand-painted porcelain plaque that rests within a silver setting. The design depicts a pair of traditional Japanese "Noh" (or "Nogaku") masks. The masked faces have a 3-dimensional design that gives them a lifelike appearance and the hand-painted details include pure white skin, bright red lips, and rich black hair. Each mask is grasped by 5 silver prongs that hold the porcelain plaque in place and attached to the top of each earring is a simple wire. The back of each is stamped "SILVER." An unusual and artistic pair of earrings, they would make a special addition to any Vintage collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 1 1/2" long, including the earring wires. The porcelain masks themselves measure about 3/4" tall, 1/2" wide, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the porcelain plaque or silver setting. There is the slightest wear to the painted red lips, however it is not noticeable when worn. The earring wires are secure and in good working order.