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Lot 361: MITSUNOBU: SHAKUDO KOZUKA WITH MOUNT FUJISAN
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Shakudo and some silver. Japan, 19th century
Kozuka offering a stylized symmetrical silhouette of the Mount Fuijisan, its snowy peak effectively inlaid in silver nunome, a small pine wood is growing on the right side. Signed... MITSU-NOBU, and kao.
LENGTH 6,6 CM
From the collection of Dr. Karl Florenz (1865-1939)
Dr. Karl Florenz was a renowned scholar, university professor and considered a pioneer of German Japanese studies. He resided in Japan from 1888 until the beginning of the First World War and then continued his lectures at the Hamburg Colonial Institute, never returning to Japan again. Famed for having translated several important Japanese books including the Nihongi, Japan’s oldest official history text, he was awarded the Japanese doctor title in literature. His extensive collection was largely destroyed by air strikes in the Second World War (which he himself did not live to witness), however, most tsuba etc. survived in relatively good condition. Dr. Florenz primarily collected tsubas dating to the 18th cent. and quite evidently made an effort to explore a wide range of motifs.