MITO Tsuba

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PROVENANCE:    Elliott D. Long  $400.00
"Large mokko-gata iron plate nicely forged and hammered with excellent patina and color. There are traces of the original black lacquer.
The topic of this piece is an 'elephant' ("Zo") which is remarkable in its likeness to the first one brought to Japan in May of 1730 by a Chinese merchant. This occurance took place in Edo. It appears that the elephants handler has dropped his staff (which appears on the reverse).
Further study finds that this representation closely copies a woodblock print titled 'Thaishun with Elephant' by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

Dates to the early Edo period for the following reasons: As stated above, first elephant arrives in Japan in 1730. Yasuchika was in Edo at this time and has a tsuba with a depiction of what he saw. He was 61 years old then." (Long)

8.60cm x 7.80cm x 0.40cm (seppa)

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