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Provenance: Elliott Long Reference Only
"This is a mokko shaped tachi tsuba made of yamagane plate metal having long upper and short lower widths. The edges are slightly cut out to form inome (boar-eye shape) openings at the four corners. Since it is an imposingly large size and surely looks majestic, it is reasonably assumed judging from the size of the nakago-ana that it must have been actually used on Odachi for combat.

Dates to early Muromachi ca. 1400." (Long)
5.3 (6.7)cm top, 5.0 (6.5) bottom x 7.0cm x 0.42cm
Cloud patterns are of great importance as products of the artistic relationship between China and Japan. It took only a half a century for Chinese cloud patterns to enter the repertoire of Japanese decorative and pictoral art. Perhaps the use of Chinese cloud patterns was stimulated by the intrinsic charm of cloud forms. On the other hand, cloud patterns were also associated with images of power, and could thus have symbolised political success during the 13th and 14th centuries. The wider significance of cloud patterns is that they enlarge the choice of subjects and repertoire of designs to include those of non-Japanese origin and illustrate yet again that capacity for self-renewal which has characterised Japanese art throughout the ages.

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