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#1 Nihontocollector19


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:55 AM

Hello good morning gentlemen today i have an interesting kurikata i recently picked up. i have not seen this motif before and i started researching it and found the origins quite interesting i'm curious to any information on it and if you guys think its worthy of sending to shinsa. it appears to say its signed by Toshinaga after some research i found out he is a maker for the nara school if its the same guy i do not know. as i have not heard if this school before today and find it quite an interesting piece. will let others also formulate their opinions in good faith. any information would be appreciated. link is to original ebay listing   



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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:54 AM

You have a kurikata by Toshinaga. Not sure what you would gain by sending it to shinsa, so that you can be told you have a kurikata by Toshinaga :laughing:
Nice item. Nara is a huge and popular school.

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#3 Tanto54


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 04:01 PM

Dear Andrew,


The Kukurizaru motif is a stylized monkey "doll" with its hands and feet bound together representing the control of inner mischief and desire.  The KĊshin faith believes that desires prevent or get in the way of accomplishing one's goals.  Therefore, one must sacrifice their desires to accomplish their goals (or have a wish granted).  The ball in between the bound arms and legs represents the sacrificed desire.  In some cases, people write their sacrificed desire on paper, roll it into a ball and insert it between the bound arms and legs of the cloth doll.


The Kukurizaru is used as an amulet and hung from purses and cellphones or left hanging in a temple.


It is a common motif on tosogu and is often misinterpreted as an apple.



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#4 Nihontocollector19


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 02:20 AM

any idea if mei is authentic

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