A fine Higo yamagane fuchi kashira in the theme of waves. This set has been attributed to "Kanshiro" by the NBTHK. He is the first generation master of the Nishigaki Kanshiro school. This attribution of "Kanshiro", rather than "Nishigaki", is used by the NBTHK to indicate work of the first generation. Kanshiro was born in 1613 and studied under Hirata Hikozo. After the passing of Hikozo, Kanshiro went to Kumamoto and took over the workshop of Hikozo's son. There he received a stipend for the support of 12 workers. He passed away in the sixth year of Genroku (1693) at the age of 81.
This set shows classic traits of early Nishigaki work. Note the elongated shape of the kashira and the shallow height of the fuchi. The deep brownish-black patina of the yamagane is classic Kanshiro as is the style of the shitodome. Accompanied by a NBTHK Hozon paper and a custom fitted box. A rare opportunity to own a papered Kanshiro work.