This piece is called ‘Hikka’ (brush holder), a work by inkstone sculptor 5th Generation Nagura Hozan, who has raised the value of inkstones from the strong image of ‘tools’ for rubbing ink, to ‘crafts and works of art’ that are recognized by the government.
Inkstones made from 3 types of stone, Kinpo stone, Engan stone and Homei stone, which can be found in Mt. Horaiji, Aichi Prefecture, are called ‘Horaiji Inkstones’ and are considered to be the most prominent of the inkstones due to their beauty and practicality. This work is a brush holder made from one of those that made the most prominent inkstones, ‘Homei stone’
Although it is a brush holder, it is a work reminiscent of a steep mountain with a rugged rock surface. The redness of the iron on the surface, which is a characteristic of Homei stone, is left boldly and it gives a look as if lava is flowing out, or the setting sun is shining on it. As a piece of work, it is a real gem that combines both beauty and practicality.
Since it is made from natural stone, in this world there are no 2 brush holders the same.
This real gem is recommended for those who are particular about calligraphy tools, and those who fel that this inkstone is ‘more valuable than a tool’.
In a paulownia box.
Engraved with ‘5th Generation Hozan’
- Item NO. / JAC-NH-1912-HKK-S-01
- Size / about 180 mm × 90 mm × 60 mm
- Weight / about 640 g
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