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This is a rare Daisho set of FUCHIKASHIRA boxed in a special box with cover and calligraphy description on the inside of the box( There is translation below). ISHIGURO KOREYOSHI was a master craftsman of the Ishiguro school. Pheasants and Quail and ducks and sparrow are depicted with the utmost of detail executed. The set shows the various flowers and birds of the four seasons. The element’s are very skilfully arranged and provide a great sense of balance. This refined thematic approach, and the applied techniques of this masterwork truly reflect the great skills of ISHIGURO KOREYOSHI. The use of precious metals Gold, Silver, Shakudo and minute detail on the perfectly executed Nanako and abundance of colouring on such a small and define area and in terms of how the chisel and the iroe was applied this set testifies to the fact that Koreyoshi had certainly succeeded the highest artistic approach.

Please, note that images cannot display the intricate detail on these like actually holding them by hand and viewing them with the human eye. For such detail on these Fuchikashira of such small size: Fuchi are 3.8 cm length, 2.1 cm width. The Kashira are3.4 cm length, 1.8 cm width. These are absolutely splendid and a great work of art of the highest order.

The set comes with NBTHK Hozon Certificate to authenticate this to be the work of Ishiguro Koreyoshi

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Inscription box (inside):

銘 石黒是美「花押」

Kachō no zu fuchigashira
Mei: Ishiguro Koreyoshi + kaō
Baiju no miki no haridashi wa shakudō to kin no
taihi o kiwadataseru kōfu ni te
Koreyoshi no kushin no ri ga ukagawareru.
Heisei nijūrokunen shimotsuki kichijōnichi

“Fuchigashira with flowers and birds motif.
Signed: Ishiguro Koreyoshi + monogram
The way the shakudō and gold create a contrast along the protruding stem of the plum tree truly reflects the diligence with which Koreyoshi designed this work.
On a lucky day in November of 2014 [Seal of Ginza Chōshūya]”

YASUCHIKA Koi Zu Fuchikashira

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MEI (signature of Yasuchika)

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Signed : YASUCHIKA, Edo Period ( Late 17th-Early 18th Century )

Setsumei: ( Explanation)

The Brass migakiji ground in decorated Gold, shibuichi, shakudo and copper takazogan and kebori with Carp (Koi ) and aquatic plant's in a stream signed YASUCHIKA. This set is accompanied by a certificate of registration as Juyo Tosogu ( Important Sword Fitting ) issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai ( Society for the preservation of the Japanese Art Sword. ) This Master work set are in perfect condition and colour.

Born the son of a Shonai Clansman, Tsuchiya Yasuchika (1670-1744 ) studied under Shoami Chinkyu and married his daughter before moving to Edo at the age of thirty-four and studying under Nara Toshimasa. He took the tonsure in 1730 and was named To-u. He is known as one of the Nara Sansaku ( Three great Nara-school Masters ) along with Nara Toshinaga and Sugiura Joi. The Carp ( Koi ) in the stream was one of Yasuchika's favourite design's which he used on a number of Tsuba and Fuchi - Kashira.

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Jūyō-kodōgu at the 48th jūyō shinsa held on October 11, 2002

sōri no zu fuchigashira (藻鯉図縁頭) - Fuchigashira depicting carp in seaweed

mei: Yasuchika (安親)

Kanagawa Prefecture, Ikeda Nagamasa (池田長正)


Fuchi length 3.75 cm, width 2.05 cm, height 0.7 cm; kashira length 3.4 cm, width 1.6 cm, height 0.4 cm


Hinshitsu-keijō: brass, sukidashi-takabori, suemon, gold, shibuichi, shakudō, and suaka iroe Jidai: mid-Edo period


Yasuchika’s first name was Yagohachi (弥五八) and he was born in Kanbun ten (寛文, 1671) as son of the Shōnai fief (庄内藩) samurai Tsuchiya Chūzaemon (土屋忠左衛門). As he grew up, he became a student of Shōami Chinkyū (正阿弥珍久) whose daughter he married later. In Genroku ten (元禄, 1697), then aged 34, he left for Edo where he learned from Nara Tatsumasa (奈良辰政) and where his talent started to unfold. During the Shōtoku era (正徳, 1711-1716), he was employed by Matsudaira Daigaku no Kami Yorisada (松平大学頭頼貞, 1664-1744) who was the daiymō of the Moriyama fief (守山藩) in Mitsu province, yielding an annual income of 20,000 koku, and the nephew of Tokugawa Mitsukuni (徳川光圀, 1628-1701), the prominent daimyō of Mito. In Kyōhō 16 (享保, 1731), aged 61, he entered priesthood under the lay name Tō’u (東雨). He left us many great masterworks and was later regarded with Nara Toshinaga (奈良利寿) and Sugiura Jōi (杉浦乗意) ad one of the Nara Sansaku (奈良三作), the “Three Great Nara Masters.”

This fuchigashira set depicts a carp in seaweed and carps or crabs in or next to running water were one of the strong points of Yasuchika. Accordingly, there exist numerous tsuba and fuchigashira that are similarily interpreted. This set is of brass and the seaweed, waving in the current of the running water, is highlighted in suaka and gold iroe. The carp is set in via shakudō and shibuichi suemon-zōgan. A masterwork that perfectly displays the characteristic composition and carvings of the Yasuchika’s flowing motifs.

Inscription box (outside):

Tsuchiya Yasuchika saku (土屋安親作) – Work of Tsuchiya Yasuchika

sōri no zu shinchū fuchigashira (藻鯉図真鍮縁頭) – Brass fuchigashira
depicting carp in seaweed


Inscription box (inside):

安親作と称するもの世上多 Yasuchika saku to shō-suru mono sejō ō
けれども本品は稀に出来物 keredomo honhin wa mare ni dekimono
なり nari
昭和十四年六月 Shōwa jūyonen rokugatsu
中央刀剣会審査員 Chūō Tōken Kai Shinsa’in
桑原雙蛙 Kuwahara


“Although there are many works of Yasuchika in existence, this set is of a rare, outstanding quality.

June of 1939

Judge of the Chūō Tōken Kai

Kuwahara Sō’a [Yōjirō, 1868-1955]”