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LOT 122 - AK0124

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Lot details

School of Sugiura Joi, signed Issan Joi with seal
Japan, 19th century

The suaka tsuba of square form with rounded sides, with a kozuka hitsu-ana, finely worked in gold takazogan, as well as shishiaibori, kebori, and katakiribori engravings to depict a chuckling Hotei engulfed in a voluminous robe detailed with foliate motif, his face with a fine stubble and shimmering teeth inlaid in gold, the reverse with a pair of karako, one holding a flag and the other a fan, dancing merrily as they welcome the Lucky God. Signed ISSAN JOI with a gold seal.

HEIGHT 8.1 cm, LENGTH 7.7 cm
WEIGHT 181.6 g

Condition: Very good condition with minor wear.
Provenance: From a private collection in Japan.

With a padded wood tomobako storage box.

Sugiura Joi (1701-1761) is listed in the Haynes Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists on pp. 450 (H 02135.0) and was a student of Nara Toshinaga (H. 10469). Sugiura Joi later went on to start the Joi school.

Auction comparison:
Compare a closely related suaka tsuba depicting Jurojin with his deer after Sugiura Joi at Bonhams, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art part II, 10 May 2011, London, lot 35 (sold for GBP 6,240).


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