Nihonto.com is pleased to present this lovely kozuka by Gotô Denjô. Gotô Denjô worked around 1700 in Kyôto. He was the second son of Gotô Takujô and he became the fourth master of the Kibei line. He passed away in 1712.
This is a lovely and amusing kozuka. It depicts a small party boat among the reeds on a moonlit night. The boatman is seen viewing the full moon while sitting in a very relaxed pose in the bow of his boat. His head is resting on one hand while his other hand on his leg that is propped up against the gunnel of the boat. The boat, reeds, water, and boatman are done in a combination of gold, silver, shakudo and even a little copper.
The full moon is impressively portrayed in silver and it is depicted partially on the obverse and an equal amount carried over to the reverse. There is a flight of nine geese in formation on and below the moon. The geese are done in gold and they increase in size as they fly into the foreground creating a wonderful effect. The plate of the kozuka is covered in fine nanako covering the obverse and it even covers the end of the kozuka as well as the ko-gatana guchi. The reverse is a rich dark shakudo with the name of the artist and his kao.
This kozuka comes with NTHK kanteisho papers issued by the Yoshikawa group. It contains the stamps of Yoshikawa san and Hagihara san, two experts of renown. It comes in a standard wooden box.