Kô sukashi tsuba 小透鍔 signed Yôshû Matsuyama no jû Shôami Yukikuni 豫劦松山住正阿弥行国. Maru gata 丸形, tetsu ji 鉄地, ko niku kakau mimi 小肉角耳, dote mimi 土手耳, nikubori 肉彫. The design includes gold iroe 金色繪 on a fan and the monkey’s bodies, as well as shakudo 赤銅 and Shinchū 真鍮 eyes on the monkeys faces. The fur of the monkey’s bodies is carved in nikubori.
The dimmensions are 78mm x 76mm x 4mm.
The theme consists of 5 monkies, with the two main protagonists having a tug of war with some rope. The story may be connected to Nara’s Great Tug of War 那覇大綱挽 that relates to two great leaders in Nara in the 17th century who had a very strong sence of competition. It may of course just be two monkeys tugging on some rope.
As far as I can see, Yukikuni is an unlisted artist. I would be more than greatful for any information anyone may dig up on him.
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