The theme here is Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi no Zu 草薙の剣図. Yamato Takeru is pictured on the kashira, trapped in the field of long grass, as the fire approaches. He is standing, looking poised to fight, under a pine tree. On the fuchi, fallen soldiers lay in the grass, as they are engulfed in flames. Flying through the air above them is Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi magically dispersing the flames and grasses.
Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi is a legendary Japanese sword as important to Japan’s history as Excalibur is to Britain’s, and is one of three Imperial Regalia of Japan. It was originally called Ama-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi (天叢雲剣, “Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven”) but its name was later changed to the more popular Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (“Grass Cutting Sword”). This legend is famous in Japanese history.
Masamori’s full name was Hosono Souzaemon Masamori 細野惣左衛門政守 and used the Masa character ‘正’ in his early years. He worked in Odawara 小田原 in Sagami province 相模国 and also in Kyoto 京都. He usually worked with a copper and shibuichi (silver) base and carved sensitive kebori and inlay various kinds of metal.
The dimensions are Fuchi: 38.1 mm x 8mm, Kashira: 33.9mm x 19.4mm
This Hakogai 箱書き was issue by Dr. K Torigoye. it reads as follows.
細野政守 – Hosono Masamori, 縁頭 – Fuchikashira. (there is also a Kiri mon)
銀四分一地, 銘曰 政守 – Gin Shibuchi Ji – silver copper surface – mei iwaku Masamori – signature says Masamori.
縁頭, 金象眼入 – Fuchikashira, Kin-zogan iri – with gold zogan.
草薙剣 (焼野) 図 – Kusanagi no tsurugi (Yakino) no Zu – Picture of the grass cutter sword (and burning fields).
徭 刃宗 壹寸貳分 (? ? ? 1-sun, 2-bu) ??????? I am unsure about this.
右正作而図面白矣 – Migi shosaku shikoshite zu omoshiroki kana – the right item is genuine and the motif is interesting.
昭和四十九年二月吉日 – Showa 49 nen 2 gatsu Kichijitsu – A lucky day in February, 1974.
XX (花押) – XX and Kao – Dr. Torigoye Kazutaro’s art name.
Note: I have yet to determine the reading of Dr. Torigoye’s art name on this hakogaki. If you are reading this and have an idea, please do not hesitate to contact me via the “about me” pageor leave a comments.
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