A Shibuichi Nagatsune Tsuba

WITH SIGNATURE NAGATSUNE AND KAO, MID EDO PERIOD (18TH CENTURY)

Lot 114 / Sale 5881
a <i>shibuichi</i> nagatsune  <i>tsuba</i>

Price Realized £1,725
($2,925)
Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

Estimate
    £1,200 - £1,500
  • ($2,035 - $2,543)

Sale Information Sale 5881
Japanese
18 November 1997
London, King Street

Lot Description A Shibuichi Nagatsune Tsuba
With signature Nagatsune and kao, mid Edo period (18th century)
The oval migaki-ji plate depicting a cormorant fisherman in takabori, gold and silver zogan, the reverse with a boat, sukinokoshi mimi, with a wood box
2½in. (6.4cm.), mimi 4mm.

Literature Lundgren Collection, no. 207

Lot Notes The most famous area for cormorant fishing is the Nagaragawa in Mino province. The fishermen called usho, usually wear eboshi-like headgear, straw loincloths and carry a burning torch. Twelve tethered cormorants at a time are used without entangling the ropes. The origins of cormorant fishing can be found in the Kojiki. During the Heian period and again in the Edo period, positions of rank were awarded to keepers of the cormorants. The subject has always been popular among painters and the literati.

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