BK #1 Goto Teijo Kozuka Man gathering Tokusa
This kozuka is really great work by the 9th generation Goto Shirobei ( mainline) branch. This 9th generation was born Feb 19th, 1603 and died Sept 17th 1673. His early name was Mitsumasa so many of his works are signed with this name. This one is signed Teijo the name he is known by the most while carrying on the Goto Shirobei school as the 9th generation. According to the 3rd volume book set by Wakayama the signatures of only 2 kanji with kao, are thought to be the older. Within the 3 volume book set of Nihon To So Kinko Dai Jiten by Robert Haynes there is a vast amount of translated material about the Goto Shirobei workers. It is very good reading.This piece as with all the mainline Goto works is well executed. The nanako and the inlay are done by a very skillful hand. The subject is a farmer gathering tokusa. This is a reed that can be used on wood just like sand paper. It is known as scouring rush, dutch rush and pewter wort. it is used during the final finish stages when working on shirasaya. The worker has a straw hat on and the shirt and skirt is made of leaves to repel the rain. While this 375 year old piece shows signs of being used it is still in excellent condition. Guaranteed to be genuine.