大久保鋳物の始まり…

  それは、およそ670年前。

 

  長い時を超え、先人達の知恵は

  鋳物師の生き方と共に、現代を

  生きる者に受け継がれてきました。

 

 

  新潟県柏崎市大久保の鋳物の歴史は古く、14世紀歴応年間(1388~1342)に

  さかのぼります。もともとは宮中の調度品等の制作の為に保護されていた

  特殊技能集団であった河内の国(現在の大阪府)の鋳物師が柏崎に移り住

  み技術を伝えたことが始まりで、当家が鋳物業を始めたものその頃だと

  されております。

   大久保の鋳物集団は江戸初期から中期にかけて全盛期を迎え、塩釜や梵

  鐘を多く制作しておりました。しかし江戸後期には需要の減少に連れ衰退

  期を迎えます。

  その中、大久保の鋳物師であった原 琢齊•得齊の兄弟が蝋型鋳金の技術を

  取り入れ、茶道具などの美術工芸品の制作で新たな活路を開きました。

  兄の琢齊は佐渡に渡り、弟の得齊は大久保に残り夫々の地で弟子達に伝承

  した蝋型鋳金の技術は現代に受け継がれ、1978年に新潟県無形文化財に

  認定され今日に至っております。

 

  It is said that the first place where the traditional Japanese lost wax method  

  was introduced in Niigata Prefecture was Okubo in Kashiwazaki-city in late

  Edo-period.

  Back in time, Okubo was known as one of the most popular place for casting

  products with numerous foundries. The history of casting in this area goes

  back to 14th century(Ryakuou Period). This guild of artisans that lived in

  Kawachino-Kuni(Osaka prefecture now) moved to Kouchi in Kashiwazaki

  which was a village in mountainous area and started casting.

  The guild of casters who settled in Okubo reached their peak around the first

  half of Edo-period(1603-1868) due to the necessity of salt pans and temple

  bells. But they were on the decline as the decrease of the demand of these

  products. While in this declining period, Hara Tokusai & Takusai brothers who

  were casters, introduced this innovative lost wax method and opened up new

  product lines of artistic items.

  Takusai (1831-1867)'s method has been passed down to the first generation   

  Souemon Hara and has been continued to this date.

  Our family has been practicing casting for 20 generations and using lost wax

  method of casting for 4 generations.

  During the war time (WW 2) Souemon  Hara  was acknowledged as one of the

  skilled artisans and continued his craft through these difficult times. The skill

  and art became officially acknowledged by the Japanese Government under

  'Intangible Cultural Asset of Niigata Prefecture' since 1978.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   新潟県無形文化財蝋型鋳金 四代晴雲 原 惣右エ門

   Officially acknowledged intangible Cultural Asset of Niigata Prefecture

      The traditional Japanese lost wax method &Hanshidou

      4th seiun Souemon Hara