Kozuka mei Isshi (kao) Kikuju-zu
Hashimoto Isshi is a metalsmith who was active from the end of Edo period to Meiji period. He was the best disciple of the master craftsman, Goto Ichijo, and said to have been outstanding in the skill and personality. He was born in 1820 in Kyoto, and aspired to the field of metalsmiths for he has been skillful with his fingers from childhood. He has become a disciple of Goto Ichijo when he was sixteen, and became independent in 1850 at age of thirty, with the certificate of the lord family. After that he started calling himself as Isshi, and his works were displayed at the first domestic industrial exposition in 1877. He gained privilege of the Imperial family in 1880, and have been awarded a lot of certificates.
This kozuka is named as kikuju-zu, and the motifs of chrysanthemum flowers and bracket fungi are designed.
Kikuju, a combined word of kiku (chrysanthemum) and ju (celebration), indicates the Chrysanthemum festival on September 9. At court, people celebrated that day with decorating chrysanthemum flowers and drinking kikuka-shu (liquor made from Chrysanthemum, rice and millet, etc.).
The bracket fungus is a symbol of good omen and longevity, so these motifs show the intension of Isshi, who wished for the sound health while creating this kozuka.
On the polished base of shibuichi (alloy of silver and copper), the flower petals are shown in golden flat inlaying and the bracket fungi are shown in flat inlaying of purified copper. The outline of leaves, stems, petals and caps of fungi are curved with kosuki-bori and katakiri-bori, and the details are finely depicted.
The backside has slanted marks of file called shigure-yasuri, and the date of September, 1868, and a waka poem which expressed the celebration of Chrysanthemum festival are curved.
The works of Isshi with curved date are really rare, so this kozuka is a valuable resource as well as an auspicious and elegant piece of work.
- Late Edo
- Yamashiro Province
- Shibuichi migaki-ji kosuki kebori zogan
- Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu
- 97.4 mm
- 14.8 mm