Fuchi Kashira: Mountain scenery
Signature/mei: Takase Eizui with kaō, 高瀬栄随
Material: shibuichi, gold, copper
Era/jidai: late Edo
Kashira Dimension: 34.4mm x 20.3mm x 9.3mm
Fuchi Dimension: 37.8mm x 22.9mm x 13.5
Custom made kiri box with cushion
NBTHK: Hozon (2016)
Price: €1590 / $1750 / ¥250000
Takase Eizui was the son (and pupil) of Takase Eiju, who was a disciple of a famous craftsman of the Mito Tradition, Taizan Motozane. Takase Eizui was active during the late Edo Period.
This fuchi kashira has been well crafted using techniques called takabori zogan and iroe, related to the mito bori technique, named after the “Mito” region from which Eizui came.
The landscape consists of a coastal slope with a large house or temple between large and steep rocks and a pagoda in the middle of a forest. We also see large pine trees and the traveler on his horse with a companion or servant walking. It’s really amazing to see how much detail you can find in this work. Starting from the well-crafted base plate from which the stones are carved, to the gold and copper colored details. To enlarge the proverbial canvas Eizui was working on, he also used both sides of the kashira, expanding the waves of the sea on one side and the mountains on the other.
This fuchi kashira has been awarded hozon by the NBTHK and comes with a custom-made kiri box. I expect it will also be awarded to tokubetsu hozon due to the excellent craftsmanship.