Nomura Masahide Mitokoromono

Nomura Masahide

periodLate Edo (ca. 1800)
designationNBTHK Hozon Tosogu Mitokoromono
kogai mei野村正秀「花押」· Nomura Masahide (kao)
kozuka mei野村正秀「花押」· Nomura Masahide (kao)
kozuka9.43 cm x 1.55 cm
kogai20.59 cm x 1.23 cm
menuki5.21 cm x 1.27 cm, 5.18 cm x 1.46 cm
price -sold-

The Nomura school starts at the beginning of the 1600s with Masatoki who was a craftsman in the employ of the Hasuchika clan who were the daimyo of Tokushima on Shikoku island of Awa province. Masatoki was originally part of the Goto school and took his training from either the 5th master Tokujo or more likely the 7th master Kenjo. Because they are basically a branch of the Goto, the Nomura school is sometimes called Awa-Goto.

The Masa character from Masatoki got handed down through many generations of the school, and well known craftsmen are Masanori, Masayoshi, Masayuki, Masatada, Masamichi, Masatsugu, Masamitsu, Masatsune, Masahide, Masakuni and Masamine. At some times some of these smiths went back and trained again under the Goto masters.

Masahide in particular was a student of the 6th and 7th generation heads Masatsugu and Masamitsu and we know his work period to be around 1798 due to him leaving one dated work behind. Nomura MasahideNomura MasahideNomura MasahideNomura MasahideHozon Nomura Masahide MitokoromonoNomura Masahide

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Nomura Masahide Mitokoromono

Nomura Masahide was very good at making spiny lobster tosogu, as I have encountered them a few times. The spiny lobster is a symbol for longevity, which is because it does live a long time and it looks like it has long whiskers. The materials here are gold and shakudo and the quality is pretty good.

I picked up this set in Japan some years back and held it with the intention of making koshirae, but due to the long time frames for making koshirae and individual tastes of customers I decided to reduce some workload I was giving myself and put some of my tosogu sets up for sale.

This set is papered Hozon and the NBTHK stated in the papers that the menuki which seem to have lacquered backs are Nomura school, while the kozuka and kogai are Nomura Masahide (of course, they are signed). Also for some reason, possibly that the kogatana was rusted in place, this set papered with the kogatana visible. The kogatana is not in the set currently and was removed by the time it got to me.

The set is in good condition and shows a little wear in the nanako on the kogai and some scratches on the back since it had been mounted before. I think it's the right quality for a middle level collector or else is great quality for making a koshirae with a sea theme.