chonchon wrote:The boar looks very much alive and kicking. My very first impression Greg on seeing your piece was that he was using the end of the bow in some way to pin it down. Hard to judge angles from those photos though. There is a great shop in London full of Meiji pieces which I would want to look around for hints on what best to use, nothing, or something. Personally I do not think you could go wrong with real gold wire, for example, or something darker, but I would want to do some sketches or check to see what other examples might be out there.
Thank you Piers for your help I really appreciate it!
I'm attaching more high res scans from other angles so you can evaluate it better.