The AKASAKA School


Edo period.

Basic Shape:

Round or slightly oval.


Usually tapering slightly at the top giving a pointed appearance, particularly those of the first master, those of the second are wider. Those of the third master are somewhat thinner and rounded. The rest vary with Kyo and Higo characteristics.


A variety of shapes will be found.


Generally more than 6 to 7 millimeters except the early work which is about 4.5 millimeters.


Round with sudden curve. The early work is kakumimi koniku.

Design Characteristics:

Generally the early work seems to be a combination of Kyo- and Owari sukashi. Later work shows a more individual approach. Some line carving was used.

Plate Metal:

The temper is quite good, usually three folded, the folds being plainly visible. The surface is polished. The plate of the early work shows hammered surface.



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