(Can be read as Yoshiaki) was a soft metal worker from the school
of the very famous Ishiguro Masayoshi. He worked in the late
Edo period. Originally from Nagasaki in Hizen, he went to
study under Masayoshi to futher his skills as a kinkoshi.
His best works are those similiar to this example, with the design
of a dragon on a shakudo sukashi plate. This tsuba is done
very well. The style of "namako sukashi" or what
is known a sea cucumber silhouette, is well known from the tsuba
design made by Miyamoto Musashi. The very excellent shakudo plate
has been refinished to have a velvety texture for the base surface.
The dragon has been carved very well, not being limited by the restricted
thin rim area. By looking at the detail and layout of this
tsuba, one can see that he had achieved a very high level of skill,
thus also showing the skill of Masayoshi's students. The
Ishiguro School put out many outstanding works during the 1800's.
Signed - Juhosai Yoshisato (Kao)