KOGAI GALLERY

This collective of Japanese Bijutsu includes KODOGU of Robert E. Haynes & Elliott D. Long.

Tosogu: fittings, i.e.: tsuba, and kodogu which is/are: menuki, fuchi/kashira, kozuka, and kogai.




If you would like to know more about any items on this website, or if you are considering a purchase, please send Elliott and Robert an E-MAIL ( elliott@shibuiswords.com ), asking us any questions you have or what pieces interest you.




NOTE: All sword fittings (excluding Tsuba) have 'RANK'.

The MENUKI have first (1st) rank.
The KOGAI have second (2nd) rank.
The KOTZUKA have third (3rd) rank.
The FUCHI KASHIRA have fourth (4th) rank.
Fine KOROMONO Sets.
Fine KOSHIRAE available.






KOGAI with Ceremonial Pot
$750.00
Provenance: Robert Haynes
"A shakudo kogai with the ji-ita completely gold covered, including the nanako. The design is a ceremonial pot with a long handle, sometimes used to serve sake. This pot contains a large floral spray in high relief. There is also a pine branch and flowers next to the bowl. I do not know the meaning of this design and I was unable to find another example of it in the large book devoted to the study of the kogai." (Haynes)



'GOTO   INJO' and Kao
$1500.00
"Classic Goto school shakudo kogai. With nanako ji-ita and relief design of a minogame (sea tortoise) with a gold covered shell, and silver lines indicating water. The reverse is signed 'GOTO INJO' and Kao. See H 01896.0." (Haynes)

KO KINKO
POA
"Classic Ko-Kinko shakudo kogai. With nanako ji-ita and relief design of a ." (Haynes)



'GOTO   TSUJO'
POA
"" (Haynes)

'GOTO   JOSHIN' and Kao
$4200.00
The kogai is made of black shakudo, with a very finely punched background of nanako, with selective application of gold foil, in a technique called uttori, where the gold is mechanically overlain, and affixed in very fine furrows around the edges of the motif. The artist would sometimes purposely remove areas of the gold foil to show windows to the base metal below. The fine nanako on the plate is worn down outside of the high relief motif, and along the edges. This is a normal characteristic of such old kogai. Gold inlay remains on the warabite, the decorative curvilinear carvings toward the back of the kogai. The NBTHK Hozon papers use an alternate term for uttori, in this case, kanabukuro-kise iroe, which literally means 'application of a gold bag [coloration]'. The motif itself is executed in high relief or takabori. (Haynes)

'GOTO   SOJO' and Kao
$4200.00
The kogai is made of black shakudo, with a very finely punched background of nanako, with selective application of gold foil, in a technique called uttori, where the gold is mechanically overlain, and affixed in very fine furrows around the edges of the motif. The artist would sometimes purposely remove areas of the gold foil to show windows to the base metal below. The fine nanako on the plate is worn down outside of the high relief motif, and along the edges. This is a normal characteristic of such old kogai. Gold inlay remains on the warabite, the decorative curvilinear carvings toward the back of the kogai. The NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon papers use an alternate term for uttori, in this case, kanabukuro-kise iroe, which literally means 'application of a gold bag [coloration]'. The motif itself is executed in high relief or takabori. (Haynes)

'GOTO   RENJO' and Kao
NFS
The kogai is made of black shakudo, with a very finely punched background of nanako. The fine nanako on the plate is worn down outside of the high relief motif, and along the edges. This is a normal characteristic of such old kogai. The motif itself is executed in high relief or takabori. (Haynes)



Read about GOTO Honke, and GOTO RYU.

In English, there is an article by Alexander G. Mosle in the 'Transactions of the Japan Society of London', Vol. VIII, pg. 188, titled "The Sword Ornaments of the GOTOSHIROBEI FAMILY." Though this article is the prime source in this language, it has not given biographical detail nor has he gone into the details of technique by which the various masters could be discriminated from one another. Mr. Mosle used Kuwabara as his source and judge for obtaining information for this article and what it does say is trustworthy as far as it goes.

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