Ichinomiya Nagatsune 一宮 長常,
Certification: NBTHK Tokubetsu
Signature: 長常 花押 Nagatsune w/Kaō
(1721-1786) was the
founder of the Ichinomiya School, and was one of the
preeminent machibori artists of his time. Nagatsune is considered the
Western counterpart to Somin, of Edo, the
Eastern machibori master. Nagatsune is listed as being a
saijosaku, or meiko
artist, a "great master" artisan (noted as AAA in the "Kinko Meikan" translation).
Nagatsune used the family names of
Ichinomiya 一宮, Kashiwaya 柏屋, and Minamoto 源 at various times. He also used the
art names and titles of; Chōtarō 長太郎, Chūhachi 忠八,
Echizen (no) daijō 越前大掾 (late in his
Ganshōshi 含章子 (mid career), Gyokusen'an 玉泉庵, and
Setsusan 雪山 (early in his career).
This "flock of sparrows" is boldly carved
in high relief
on a ground of copper, with inlays of gold, shakudo, and silver.
Photos by Jack Edick