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Momoyama/Early Edo Period $600.00
"A dense iron plate of great quality and forging in cross form known as kurikomi-mokko-gata showing great cleverness and ability in its foundation. One of Nobuiye's characteristics is an irregular rim (sukinokoshi kaku-mimi) full of activity with a little roundness. This very tasteful "Nobuiye rim" is not seen in this perfection with any other craftsman. The surface of the plate, the omodaka (known as the 'Shogun-gusa', plant of the winning army), tortise-shell pattern, and the mimi are all excellent Nobuiye style work. The kogai hitsu is with a shakudo plug. This tsuba has a nice dark patina, and has a very substantial weight and size, making it quite appealing.

Perhaps a treasure but which could be regarded as extremely unusual and rare." (Long)

7.65cm x 8.55cm x 0.20cm (nakago-ana), 0.40cm (rim)
"From the evidence, based on the style and subjects used, we have placed the working period of the second Nobuiye generation about the Tensho era to the Kanei era (1573-1643). None of the tsuba bearing the family name Myochin were made before the early Edo age. In fact we do not find this name inscribed on any work attributed to members of the Myochin school before that time.
It is possible that this tsuba is the work of one of the students of the second Nobuiye. We can not be sure who these students were or what happened to them. Nobuiye tsuba possess the highest form of the true aesthetic art. This piece displays the detail of the hammer work and the quality of the forging rarely to be seen in any other tsuba." (Long)

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