42 AN EXCELLENT SENTOKU KOZUKA WITH BLADE OF A BEARDED MAN IN ROYAL GARMENT Unsigned, kozuka handle of sentoku and some gold with iron blade Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)
The figure executed in a light takazogan relief could be Kanti as well as the poet Michizane, as there is a book on the table. More exact clues are not given, both would be depicted with a full beard. Kanti, known as Guandi in China, was canonized as an immortal in 1128 and as a Chinese war god in 1594. The splendor of his robe – details with gilding – would indicate it is him rather than the poet.
An incised inscription on the blade. LENGTH 20.8 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-
43 AN IRON, COPPER AND GOLD TSUBA DEPICTING FUDO AND COMPANION Unsigned, tsuba, iron, copper and gold Japan, 18th century, Edo period (16151868) A tsuba of mokkogata shape with one hitsu, showing a figural depiction in takazogan relief on both sides. A waterfall crashing down a cliff and a flamboyantly dressed figure with dense, black hair trying to tear it apart. It is Fudo, the god of waterfalls, who is presumably trying to rescue Endo Morito here – a complex story. Endo had unwittingly murdered his lover Kesa and wanted to repent under a waterfall, during the winter, causing Endo to almost freeze to death. Two companions, one beating the drum framed by flames (mitsudomo-e) and the other playing on a flute. The other side shows a cockerel and a fire. HEIGHT 7.5 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with minor signs of wear. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-
22 June 2019, 1 PM CET