Provenance:   Robert E. Haynes $600.00
Kozuka of dark shibuichi with low relief shishiaibori (as was being used by the Sugiura Joi school shortly before this time). The design is of Hotei with his bag and holding a fan, with some gold inlay. The carving is of very high quality. This example has some damage to the butt end and a large dent in the center of the back plate.

The back is signed, lower left, KANEYUKI (H 02616.0). This is Hamano Kaneyuki, who was the second son of Hamano Shozui, the founder of the Hamano school. He was born in 1740 and died in 1776, only 36 years old. The first son of Shozui was Masasane (H 04450.0) who was born in 1735 and died in 1758 at the age of 23. It would be Nobuyuki (H 07307.0) who would succeed these two sons and is often listed as the "3rd" Hamano master. At age 21 (1756) he went to study with Kaneyuki and was adopted by him.

The work of Kaneyuki is rare due to his short working period. This is a great study piece, both for the signature and the workmanship.



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