J137. Signed Jakushi Tsuba
J137. Signed Jakushi tsuba. 7.5 x 7.5 x .5 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.8 cm. This tsuba's consignor gives it to 3rd or 4th Jakushi; he has this to say about it, "Jakushi Tsuba Niji-mei. First half of the 18th century. Chinese-style dragons became a popular subject for Jakushi carvers. Two-toed dragons indicate nothing more than the Jakushi carvers’ bold appetite for artistic license. This piece resembles designs by the second generation, Shiraki Kizaemon, whose works were copied by the third. The founder of the school Kawamura Fukuyoshi, studied painting under Shoyu Itsunen, the Chinese-born abbot of Kofukuji temple in Nagasaki. It appears that Kawamura took the art-name Jakushi (young turf), and collaborated with Kizaemon to transfer his painting ideas into metal, as sword-fitting. Kizaemon and his descendants kept the name Jakushi."
We have a dragon with ample gold numome and a plugged ryo-hitsu that is unusually small. The treatment of the rim is typical for Jakushi work. $500.
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