<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <html><head><title>Ko Shoami Tsuba</title> <meta content="text/html; charset=UTF-16" http-equiv="Content-Type"> <meta name="Author" content="Elliott Long"> <meta name="GENERATOR" content="MSHTML 8.00.6001.19088"></head> <body background="stuff_files/bg2.jpg"> <center> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="755"> <p align="center"><b><font color="#000080" face="Papyrus" size="+3">KO - SHOAMI</font></b></p><br> <div align="right"> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" cols="3" width="70%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <center><font face="Papyrus" size="+2">Return to <a href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Collective</a></font></center></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td> <td width="20%"><img src="stuff_files/tsuba kanji.jpg" height="200" width="180"></td></tr></tbody></table></center>&nbsp; <center> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"><b><font color="#000080" face="Papyrus" size="+2">Provenance: Elliott D. Long</font></b></td> <td align="center"><b><font color="#ff0000" face="Papyrus"><font size="+3">Reference Only</font></font></b></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="center" width="50%"> <div align="left"><b><font color="#000080" face="Papyrus" size="+1">"The iron, with a strong appearance, is well forged. In hand, it is very heavy and could very well have been made from meteoric iron. The black lacquer is original and complete. The plum tree forms the irregular shaped ( jiyugata ) rim. This form of rim was later used by the Kasuga school of Higo, the Higo Nishigaki school, and the later generations of the Edo Akasaka school. The branches and blossoms of the plum tree are within. The fabrication is excellant. The kogai hitsu is unconventional in design. The shape of the seppa dai is koban." (Long)</font></b></div><BR><BR><div align="center"><b><font color="#000080" face="Papyrus" size="+2">8.0cm x 8.0cm x 0.6cm thick</font></b></div></td> <td><center><img src="EDLakasaka2_files/56.jpg" height="500" width="500"></center></td></tr> <tr> <td valign="center" width="50%"> <div align="left"><b><font color="#000080" face="Papyrus" size="+1">"This Ko - Shoami tsuba dates to ca. 1500, Muromachi period or earlier. The design is the origin of the later design used by both the Higo Schools and the Akasaka School." (Long)<BR><BR> Reference both SASANO AKASAKA & SASANO (silver book), pg. 327, #285 Hayashi, 2nd generation Shigemitsu. (see below)</font></b></div><BR><BR><BR> <center><img src="EDLakasaka2_files/sasano.jpg" height="550" width="450"></center> </td> <td><center><img src="EDLakasaka2_files/55.jpg" height="500" width="500"></center></td></tr> <tr> <td align="center" width="50%"> <center><img src="EDLakasaka2_files/52.jpg" height="530" width="400"></center> </td> <td><center><img src="EDLakasaka2_files/53.jpg" height="530" width="400"></center></td></tr> </tbody></table></center> <hr color="#000080" size="3" width="80%"> <center><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" height="100" width="800"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="10" width="100%"> <h2 align="center"><font color="#800000" face="Papyrus">Purchase this Tsuba by email to<BR>elliott@shibuiswords.com</font></h2></td></tr> </tbody></table> </center></div> <br><br> <hr color="#000080" size="3" width="80%"> <center> <table border="0" cols="1" width="80%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div align="center"> <p><font color="#000080" face="Papyrus" size="+2">A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long</font></p></div></td></tr> <tr> <td> <div align="left"> <p></p></div></td></tr></tbody></table></center><br> <center><font color="#993300" face="Papyrus" size="+3"> <table border="0" width="90%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="center"><font face="Papyrus" size="+2">Return To <a href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Collective</a></font><BR><font face="Papyrus" size="+2">Robert Haynes&nbsp;/&nbsp;Elliott Long &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/haynesarticles.htm">Articles</a></font>&nbsp;--&nbsp;<font face="Papyrus" size="+2"><a href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/haynestutorial.htm">Tutorial</a></font><BR><font face="Papyrus" size="+2">Email &nbsp;&nbsp;<font color="ff0000"> elliott@shibuiswords.com </font></font> </td></tr></tbody></table></font></center> </body></html>