T143. Shakudo kotsuka by Kumagai Yoshiyuki
T143. Kotsuka, shakudo with gold highlights, signed Kumagai Yoshiyuki with a kao. This is an usually thick and heavy kotsuka, 9.6 x 1.5 x .9 cm. Robert Haynes gives 1825-50 as working dates for Yoshiyuki and says he worked as a retainer in the Edo compound of the Hosokawa Daimyo of Kumamoto in Higo.
This kotsuka is very impressive; the carving is amazing. There are a few slight dings to the back of the piece; everything on the front is in excellent condition. $400.