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Shakudo Nanako-ji Takabori Iroe Zogan Kozuka

Reference Number
[ Dog ] by Kokinko Craftsman
At the latter part of the Muromachi period (1336-1573)
No Inscription
L x W x H
9.6 x 1.4 x 0.6 cm
23 g
Shakudo (alloy of copper and gold)
Wooden Box
Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai issued on May 2 of 2008

Certificate issued by NBTHK (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai) on May 2 of 2008 is attached.
According to the certificate, this Kozuka is made of Shakudo.
The surface is processed like hard roe (=Nanako-ji).
The dog of motif is expressed in high-relief carving (=Takabori), and the Iroe inlay with gold.
This Kozuka was made by Ko-kinko.
Ko-kinko mean craftsmen before the Momoyama period (1573-1603).
It is too hard to find pieces of works by Ko-Kinko.
There is also an endorsement (Hakogaki) done in 1971 by Sato Kanzan on the lid of the wooden box.
Sato Kanzan is really No.1 grand person in the Japanese sword world.
He founded the NBTHK.
This item is precious one !

USD 1180
Kanteisho by NBTHK
[ Dog ] by Kokinko, with NBTHK Certificate
Inu (Dog)
Endorsement by Sato Kanzan
Shakudo (red copper) - alloy of copper and gold This Kozuka is made of Shakudo (alloy of copper and gold).
Nanako-Ji - hard roe-like process The surfaces are processed like hard roe.
Takabori - high relief carving The motif is expressed in high-relief carving.
Iroe - color painting inlay The motif is also expressed in the Iroe inlay method with gold.
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