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Gotō 後藤 Menuki, Momoyama 桃山 period (c.1573 to 1603)

Certification: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

Unsigned early mainline Gotō Family menuki, dating from the relatively short Momoyama period (1573 to 1603).

A Momoyama Goto attribution includes the end of the Kō Gotō period, and generally refers to the fourth thru seventh mainline (Shirobei) Gotō masters. This includes Kojō (Mitsuiye, 1530-1620), Tokujō (1550-1631), Eijō (1577-1617), and Kenjō (1586-1663). These early Gotō masters seldom signed their work.

Classic solid gold hairyu type Gotō dragons.

NBTHK attribution to Momoyama Gotō.

Photo by Jack Edick (c) 2010
Photo by Jack Edick (c) 2010Photo by Jack Edick (c) 2010