Kozuka mei Goto Hokkyo Ichijo (kao) Hokuto Shichisei-zu
Goto Ichijo was born in 1791 in Kyoto, as the second son of Goto Shichiroemon Jujo. The family of Shichiroemon was one of the renowned branches of Goto school, which was found by Injo and followed the style of Kenjo. Ichijo was adopted by Hachirobe Kenjo when he was nine, and became the 6th lord of Hachirobe family after he succeeded the position in 1805, at the age of fifteen.
In 1824, he produced sword fittings of Masamune for the use of Emperor Kokaku, and given the title of Hokkyo. After that, he started calling himself as Ichijo and used the name of Ichijo Mitsuyo.
After he produced sword fittings of the large sword (tachi) belonged to Emperor Komei in 1862, he was given the title of Hogen in 1863, at the age of 73.
He has strived to developing curving techniques, and also managed a crafting center called Ichijo Saikusho where many master craftsmen such as Ikkin, Isshi, Issho have learned skills.
Ichijo is a renowned craftsman who represents the last generation of Goto family, and Japanese metal crafting along with Kano Natsuo.
Hokuto shichisei or the Big Dipper is a well-known asterism in Northern sky, consisting of seven bright stars. The motif of the Big Dipper has been used for Shichisei-ken (sword with seven-star symbols) which was allegedly belonged to Prince Shotoku (574-622), and Kuretakesaya-joto, one of the treasures in Shosoin. Seemingly the wish for stable administration of country has been shown in the arranged order of the seven stars.
As depicted on the Shichisei-ken, motifs of the seven stars and auspicious clouds are designed in this kozuka.
The stars including the Big Dipper are depicted with golden inlaying of dots. The swirling clouds of shibuichi (alloy of silver and copper) are curved in high relief and floating clouds are shown with flatly inlayed gold, and entire image is finely balanced.
The backside covered in gold is elegantly filed, and the inscription of Goto Hokkyo Ichijo and signature of kao are curved.
A fine work by master craftsman Ichijo, filled with his wish for the piece of the country.
- Late Edo
- Shakudo nanako-ji takabori iroe
- Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu
- 97.2 mm
- 14.8 mm