Harvesting man Kozuka
Period: Late Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century
Materials: Iron, Copper, Gold
The ‘kozuka’ is the hilt of a small knife carried within the ‘koshirae’ (fittings) called ‘kogatana’ and is integrated in Japanese ‘nihonto’ culture, as both object of status and as utensil. The ‘kozuka’ is generally integrated within the ‘koshirae’ of the sword, being tucked in the scabbard and within a recess in the ‘tsuba’ (hand guard). The ‘kozuka’ is an implement which was added for functional use, sometimes next to a ‘kogai’ hairpin. During the rather stable Edo period, the decoration of the ‘kozuka’ and other sword fittings underwent a large extension and many hilts can be found in a wide variety of decorations and materials such as bronze, iron, gold and silver.
A fine well made example which consists of a brass base, deeply embossed and decorated with gold. The scene depicts an older man seated in a basket hanging on a mountain. Probably harvesting the flowers for his golden basket. The scenery is very detailed and show natural shapes of rocks, vegetation such as plants and branches and a waterfall down below. The clothing of the man is treated with a metal alloy giving it an iridescent appearance. All considered a very well made example.
Condition: Very good, some light ware due to its age.
Provenance: French art market
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