A set of Edo Umetada Menuki in the theme of Dragons. The Edo Umetada school began with Narishige who moved to Edo at some point in his career. He was born in 1641 and passed away in 1722. So we can guess the move to Edo at some time around Kanbun-Genroku. The nidai Narishige (1677-1755) is credited with developing the "Edo Umetada" style. Their workmanship consists of shibuichi ji with thick gilding. This is then worked in the suri-hagashi style, reducing some of the surface gold. This creates a tasteful antique appearance, exactly like these menuki. There were eight generations of the line lasting till the late Edo period. Edo Umedata Naritoshi, a student of Narishige, is a well regarded craftsman from this school.
These are large menuki with considerable height to the overall composition. As mentioned above, they have a shibuichi ji in katachi-bori and gold plated. The dragons show personality in thier facial expressions and these are in excellent condition. Accompanied by a NBTHK Hozon paper and a custom fitted box.