"Enoshima Shrine Dedication. A true rarity. In the late Edo period, the leading painter of the Rinpa school, Sakai Shoichi, dedicated the ceiling painting.
Exhibited here are menuki based on the ceiling painting. They are turtles with their front paws and heads sticking out sharply, and their glaring gaze is characteristic from the front. The material is shakudo and silver used separately, and fine gold and silver inlay is applied. The tortoise shell, scales, and head are also three-dimensionally carved. The workmanship and the attention to detail is at a high level and full of dignity. The chisel-marks are somewhat deep, clear, and strong." (Long)