This is an exquisite pair of solid gold menuki by Banryuken Sadanaka. His family name was Iwamoto and he was a student of the famous Ichinomiya Nagatsune. Sadanaka worked around 1725-1750. He worked in Kyoto. This pair of menuki is made in solid gold. The background on both is a very fine nanako. One menuki has a gardener with a rake under a pine tree with a crane in the background. The other has a bijin under a pine tree with silver waves in the background and a tortise next to her. The crane and the tortise are famous symbols of good fortune and long life. These menuki are signed on the bottom edge with Banryuken on one and Sadanaka on the other. They come with NBTHK Hozon papers which attest to the validity fo the signature and the quality of these menuki.