Iwamoto Konkan was born in Edo in the first year or Enkyo (1744) with the surname Asai. The Iwamoto line was founded by Chubei who studied under the Yokoya school. Konkan was the younger apprentice studying under the fourth master Ryokan, but following the early death of the fifth master, he subsequently ascended to the sixth head of the school. Despite the Iwamoto roots in the Yokoya School, Konkan embraced the carving techniques of Yasuchika from the Nara School, creating a unique aesthetic marrying the best of both traditions. This piece features a flock of thrushes resting on a hoe, executed in takabori iroe on a shakudo nanako base, and is an exceptional representation of Konkan’s skill and artistic sense.