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PROVENANCE:    'Raku Sen --'
                                            Elliott Long
A iron plate in mokko-gata design with the top and bottom lobes actually indented to form a slight 'muttsu' mokkogata shape. The surface of both faces are tsuchime-ji of simple, quiet elegance, resembling the work of Kaneiye. The rim is produced by hammering from the outside, known as uchikaeshi-mimi. The ko-sukashi depicts a famous scene on the Miho Peninsula in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka. (See Description Below)

Study has determined that this is HIKOEMON (H 01261.A) of the Yamayoshi family. His work is comparable to that of the first Yamakichibei. Dates to the Momoyama period.f

7.70cm x 7.40cm x 0.35cm

Translation of outer lid: (right to left)
1) Momoyama goro.
2) Unreadable-'Yamayoshi'-unreadable.
3)'Fuji Sampo sukashi tsuba one'.
4) Owners name - 'Raku Sen --'.

Translation inside of lid:
Tsuba Shusei by Nakamura.
Page 491, Item #54.

Miho-no-Matsubara lies on the Miho Peninsula in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka. There are 30,000 pine trees that spread out along the seven-kilometer long coastline. The sight of the pine trees with Mt. Fuji in the background is purely magical. It is definitely worth going to see the beautiful contrast of the blue of the ocean, the white of the waves, and the green of the pine grove. The beauty of Miho-no-Matsubara has been enjoyed ever since the Nara Period. Many Japanese poems, as well as the famous Legend of Hagoromo, are set here. In the Edo Period, famous ukiyo-e (type of Japanese painting) painters such as Hokusai Katsushika and Hiroshige Utagawa, drew paintings of Miho-no-Matsubara together with Mt. Fuji.

The Legend of the Heavenly Maiden
In Miho Pine Grove, there is a pine tree called Hagoromo-no-Matsu where the Legend of Hagoromo was set. It is said that when a heavenly maiden was bathing she hung her gown on a pine branch and a fisherman took away her gown and asked her to dance in return for giving the gown back. There are many stories like this in other areas of Japan as well, but the legend of Hagoromo in Miho-no-Matsubara is by far the most famous one. The Legend of Hagoromo remains in many fairy tales, and is still performed in Noh theatre (Noh is a traditional Japanese theatrical performance).

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