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KOZUKA DEN TEIJO

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KOZUKA DEN TEIJO

A beautiful mumei Fune Zu Kozuka by Goto Teijo (1603- 1673 ) ( Goto 9th Head ) Momoyama Era in superb condition with an inner and outer old custom made box with signed wooden tag attached. Among the many generations of the Goto masters the works of Teijo are considered to be of a higher skill than the rest.
He became a full time retainer for Maeda Toshitsune ( 1593 1658)

Explanation ( Setsumei )

This Kozuka has a design of three gold boats sailing through the large shakudo waves, depicting Samurai history. There are shells and stones in gold on the shore which is executed in nanako, behind the three sailing boats.
This is master class kozuka and the detail physically held in front of the human eye has an exceptional sense of beauty which is impossible to portray in photo format.

Dimensions : 9,7cm x 1.5cm x 4mm x 2mm

This Kozuka was owned by a renowned Japanese collector.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate testifying the authenticity of this Kozuka.

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GOLD KAGA GOTO NIHIKI SHISHI MENUKI

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GOLD KAGA GOTO NIHIKI SHISHI MENUKI

Explanation ( Setsumei )

Solid Gold menuki of two pair of frolicking shishi (Nihiki Shishi-zu ). The menuki are carved in a technique known as Katachi - Bori, meaning the subject itself becomes the outline of the menuki depicting fine surface carving and finishing on the front side. The menuki have considerable height and look real and thick wall with considerable realism on the body. The solid Gold menuki have a beautiful aged untouched, unmarked deep yellow colour and minor natural red oxidation confirming its age.

The level of workmanship and small attention to detail is off upper class level with minute detail on the fur on the legs and tails. The menuki also are unusually thin showing masterclass work of an extremely high standard. They come in a custom box with beautiful lining and were owned by a renowned Japanese collector.

Dimensions : 3.4cm x 1.6cm x 0.6cm

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate testifying the authenticity of this fabulous pair of Gold Menuki.

Translation of certificate: Nihiki Shishi / Mumei Kaga Goto /Kin Mukuji / Katachi Bori

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KOZUKA with design of UNAGI, IWAMOTO Ha

Cooking eel to sell on the spot. From J┼Źrurimachi hanka no zu (Flourishing Business in Balladtown) by Utagawa Hiroshige. (Courtesy the National Diet Library)
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KOZUKA with design of UNAGI, IWAMOTO Ha

Explanation ( Setsumei )

The big four foods of the Edo Period ( 1603-1868 ) were said to be Soba, Sushi, Tempura and Unagi (freshwater Eel ) This food is still highly relished in modern Japan and comes at a price, it is highly delicious grilled and served over white rice with side appetisers .In addition the Eel is very resilient and powerful and a very ancient fish which is fused with Samurai ideology. Design of an Eel with a shellfish was made by Iwamoto school of artists which was highly famed for their fish designs. An Eel as a representative nutritious food since old times, and it is customary to eat it around late July in summer for building resistance and ones own physical strength to get over the heat in summer in Japan. 19th century. This Kozuka is adorned with minute detail and gold, the Eel is raised and shows its full body with great detail it looks alive as it is swimming. Explanation of Kozuka on NBTHK Certificate : Shakudo Ishime-ji Takabori Kin, Gin, Shibuichi Iroe. Design of : Unagi Kai zu Kozuka, Mumei IWAMOTO Ha . NBTHK Hozon Certificate, testifying the the authenticity of this fabulous Artwork. This UNAGI KOZUKA is very unique and a rare masterpiece and is a great addition for the discerning collector.

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