Gotō 後藤 Menuki, Momoyama 桃山 period (c.1573 to 1603)
Certification: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon
Unsigned early mainline Gotō Family menuki (hilt ornament), dating from the relatively short Momoyama period (1573 to 1603).
A Momoyama Goto attribution includes the end of the Kō Gotō period, and generally refers to the fourth thru seventh mainline (Shirobei) Gotō masters. This includes Kojō (Mitsuiye, 1530-1620), Tokujō (1550-1631), Eijō (1577-1617), and Kenjō (1586-1663). These early Gotō masters seldom signed their work.