Shoki sharpens his ken - Masakazu
Nagoya. Circa 1860
Shoki squats, half-kneeling, before a flat, layered rock that serves as a whetstone, His voluminous sleeves are pushed up and his face set in concentration as he sharpens his ken (double-edged sword). The details of his robes are carved in minute detail and the piece reflects the vigour of his task.
Signed in a rectangular reserve: Masakazu
Henri Vever collection
Ernst Hart collection