This piece, named after one of Japan’s only female samurais, is an expression of female strength and bravery. Nakano Takeko fought in the Boshin War, a Japanese civil war that took place from 1868 to 1869. During the Battle of Aizu, she and other females willing to fight were not recognized as official members of the Aizu army. However, she bravely led her peers into battle, eventually succumbing to her injuries from the war. Takeko reminds us that some things are worth fighting for.
-measures about 36 inches long
-tusk pendant measures an additional 3 inches long
-Ox Bone, Landscape Jasper, Brass