F208. Special Order Kotsuka by Okikazu, Spectacular Dragon
F208. Iron kotsuka with high relief inlay of gold and silver: 1.4 x 9.7 cm. A dragon, wonderfully carved in gold & silver wraps around a gold & silver ritual ken; the golden orb sits at the top of the dragon’s neck. The iron case is carved front and sides in waves. On the back is a gold inlay mon and an inscription which, according to Markus Sesko, reads: (Three scales crest in round) Kurosaka Yoshitomo ōju (黒坂義知応需) – “On request of Kurosaka Yoshitomo”. The mei is, Tōenshi Minamoto Okikazu kore o tsukuru (東塩子・源興一造之) – “Made by Tōenshi Minamoto Okikazu”.
Condition is pristine. This comes in a fitted box with pillow and with a Tokubetsu Hozon paper from the NBTHK in Tokyo, dated 2018. This one is special. $2,625.