Mei (signed): Nukagawa Yasukuni
Size: 6,45 cm x 7,10 cm
Thickness at rim: 0,40 cm
Weight: 126 gr
Period: Mid Edo
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Tsuba depicting Bukan, a Zen monk.
Elongated round shape, brass, high relief worked into the surface, copper and gold alloy inlay, gold accentuations.
Yasunori (保則), the founder of the Nukagawa (額川) school, was a student of Tamagawa Yoshinaga. His first name was “Sei’emon” (清右衛門) and in his earlier years he signed his name “Yasunori” with the characters (安則). He used the gō “Kikokusai” (亀谷斎) and “Sei’undō” (晴雲堂). Yasunori’s year of birth and death are unknown but he was primarily active around Kyōwa (1801-1804).
His successor as 2nd gen. Nakagawa was his adopted son Yasutomo (保與). Yasutomo was the son of the gokenin (御家人) Sakurai Chikahira (桜井周平). Chikahira in turn had studied painting under the Kanō school and his pictures and sketches served Yasutomo and Yasunori as models and inspiration for their kinkō works. Yasutomo’s gō was “Joryūken” (如柳軒). He adopted the first name “Sei’emon” and the gō “Kikokusai” from his adoptive father.
The younger brother of Yasutomo was Yasuchika (保隣). He also studied under Yasunori and was called “Yosaku” (与作). Besides “Yasuchika”, we also know from him the craftsman names “Nobutoshi” (信利), “Nobutaka” (信孝) and “Norichika” (則親). Yasuchika bore also the family names “Tamagawa” (玉川) and “Narukawa” (成川).
Other students of Yasunori were Yasuteru (保照), Yasutoshi (保利) and Yasukuni (保国).
Yasukuni received the use of the Nukagawa name from his teacher; Yasukuni’s civilian name was “Tanabe Genjirō” (田辺源次郎) and he used the gō “Ki’unsai” (亀運斎 or 亀雲斎). He lived in Mito, Hitachi Province. We know a fuchi/kashira in shibuichi with relief inlay of Hotei, signed: Yasukuni and dated 1848 at the age of 68; a fuchi/kashira in shakudō with nanako and inlaid in high relief with crayfish, turbot, sea-bream and other fish, signed: Nukagawa Yasukuni; an oval shibuichi plate tsuba boldly carved with rock and the hitsu as a cave with pine tree and waterfall, with a bear on the reverse, signed: Kirensai Yasukuni.