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Ōoka Masatsugu Fuchi Kashira

 Fuchigashira (縁頭) by Ōoka Masatsugu (大岡政次), with mon motif of hi-ogi or cypress-fans (檜) and chanomi or teaberry (茶の実).  The base metal is a shakudo alloy with nanako (赤銅魚子地), with gold application to rims and motif. Decorative motifs are neatly carved by a technique called takabori (高彫). This fuchi and kashira set is in outstanding condition, and represents Daimyō quality kinko work.  It is balanced, sophisticated and dignified. The shakudo is of high gold content, giving it a lustrous black patina.  The nanako is extremely uniform, with high, crisply defined nodes, in perfect rows (see detail inset).  One of the highest quality nanako I have encountered in 30 years.  If anyone is seeking a fine example of nanako, this set would be an unsurpassable addition to a collection.

Ōoka school is an offshoot of Hamano, with the first Ōoka master (Ōoka Masanobu) being the student of Hamano Shōzui.  Of Shōzui's students, Masanobu's work was thought to rival that of his master, but with a more traditional, refined style. Ōoka Masatsugu was the third Ōoka master,  lived in Edo, and was most active in the early decades of the 1800s. The Ōoka were retained by the Tokugawa daimyō of Owari, the senior-most branch of the Tokugawa family.  Clearly Ōoka works attained the highest levels of craftsmanship, to be deserving of such patronage. 

The Fuchi is signed:  大岡政次 (Ōoka Masatsugu)  with a personal seal or kaō. 


Joly: Shosankenshu, Reference 248

Haynes: Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, Reference: 4720, School history: 4338, 4654

Saito: Sheet 329, #53

Wakayama Takeshi: Toso Kodogu Meiji Taikai, vol. 3 pg 187


NBTHK Hozon papers validating signature authenticity were awarded in late 2022, awaiting receipt from Japan.


Measurements: Fuchi: 3.5cm x 1.8cm x 0.8cm   Kashira: 3.9cm x 2.1cm x 1.0cm. 

Late Edo Period (江戸時代)



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