The swords used by Japans powerful samurai rulers are widely recognized as masterpieces of the metalworkers art. The famous Goto school of sword-fittings makers was established in the fifteenth century. Succeeding generations of Goto masters focused on small decorative sword fittings, such as the kozuka (utility knife handle), kogai (a skewerlike tool) and menuki (a pair of grip ornaments). Their work is characterized by painterly designs carved in high relief on a rich, black metal ground, accented in gold and silver.
The Museums collection houses an exquisite mitokoromo, or set of matching sword fittings, created by each of the first 15 generations of masters of the main Goto school. Our whimsical pen motif is taken from a sinuous dragona sign of good fortuneon a kozuka inscribed by Goto Mitsutaka (17221784), the 13th-generation Goto master. Rollerball, black ink. Brass barrel and clip with printed lacquer and gold overlay. Snap cap. 5”L x 1/2”W. Refillable. Uses standard refills.
Uses standard refills Refillable Snap cap Brass barrel and clip with printed lacquer and gold overlay Rollerball Black ink 5”L x 1/2”W