3rd Mainline Master Goto Joshin Masterpiece Menuki
Excellent classic design of double shishi. This design was used by the Goto mainline school throughout their reign as one of the standard designs. What is the difference between Joshin and other Goto artist? Well in the shishi design, please notice the strength of the rear legs of he shishi. They are carved in a very powerful manner, and the muscle structure is carved more accurately. Because they are in such mint condition, one would tend to forget that they are from the 1500’s. He worked for the Ashikaga and was a serving samurai as well. From his works, we can probably guess he was a man of quite a strong spirit. This set is very similar of those that have achieved the Juyo Tosogu certification. From a very old collection, papered for the first time as Goto Joshin. NBTHK certified with custom fitted box.
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