Ko Kinkō



Mumei (unsigned): Ko-Kinkō

Size: 6,2 cm x 5,75 cm

Thickness at rim: 0,5 cm

Period: End of Muromachi

N.B.T.H.K. Hozon Certification

In Kiri box

Price: € 900,00

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Small size but highly concentrated art piece on the surface of this tsuba, depicting autumnal vegetation.

Lobed shape, copper and gold alloy with roe style surface finish, relief worked into the surface (with this technique larger areas of the surface are worked off using larger carving tools), gold accentuations, rim (which remains raised after the surface was worked off) that is highlighted in gold accentuations.

The prefix “Ko” denotes tsuba made before the Edo period, from late Nanbokuchō/early Muromachi period. Ko-Kinkō (古金工) means old/early metalworks/worker, it usually indicates relatively ornate, early non-Gotō, non-Mino shakudō, gold and yamagane fittings. These are considered the works of specialist kodōgu makers, although their names are not recorded.