Funada Ikkin was born in Tsurugaoka in Dewa Province in 1812 and moved to Edo, first studying under Kumagai Yoshiki and later under Goto Ichijo.
The use of bamboo, chrysanthemum, orchid and plum as motifs is an allusion to the Four Gentlemen.
See Moslé nos. 402-407 for similar Ikkin mei and no. 1010 in the Georg Oeder Collection catalogue for a kozuka with similar engraving.