<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Akasaka Tsuba</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=UTF-16" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=Author content="Elliott Long"> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 9.00.8112.16520"></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 size=+3 face=Papyrus>5th Akasaka, 2nd Tadatoki Tsuba</FONT></B></P><BR> <DIV align=right> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="70%" cols=3> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <CENTER><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>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" width=180 height=200></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER>&nbsp; <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="100%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>PROVENANCE:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Eckhard Kremers<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Justin Orr<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Elliott D. Long<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Larry Niermeyer</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#ff0000 face=Papyrus><FONT size=+2>Reference Only</FONT></FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>"Round iron sukashi tsuba with design of three geese flying beneath a full moon partially obscured by clouds. This is a classic sukashi design encompassing a vast panoramic scene within the rim. The iron has a beautiful patina; looking smooth and silky. The rim is smooth without noticeable tekkotsu and the hitsu-ana are cleverly formed as part of the design with the kozuka-ana forming one of the three geese. A very fine example of Akasaka work (ca. 1700).</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="akasakaTsu1_files/11.jpg" width=500 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>This is the work of the fifth master of the Akasaka family school, the second Tadatoki H 09166 (son of the first Tadatoki H 09165).<BR><BR>See a similar design by the 3rd Master Masatori, Dr. Kazutaro Torigoye, "Tsuba Kanshoki", 1965 1st edition, pg. 216." (Haynes & Long)</FONT></B></DIV><BR><BR><BR> <DIV align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>7.6cm x 7.6cm x 0.45cm at seppa, 0.5cm at rim</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="akasakaTsu1_files/12.jpg" width=500 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>AKASAKA School:<BR>The name for this school comes from the district of Akasaka in Edo where the artists of this school resided. At the time of the formation of the Akasaka school the two powerful openwork schools of Kyo-sukashi and Owari were exerting great influence upon each other. It could be said that from this clash, in the form of Kariganeya, these two schools merged. From these designs and the shape of the tsuba suggest the style of the original Akasaka tsuba. The reason for the spread of the name of this school throughout the country was its fresh approach and attractive openwork patterns that were far beyond the conventional tsuba of the day.</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="akasakaTsu1_files/13.jpg" width=520 height=400></CENTER></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE> </CENTER> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"> <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="90%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD bgColor=#ffffcc vAlign=middle align=center><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>RETURN TO <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Gakko</A></FONT><BR><BR> <FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Email to <A href="mailto:elliott@shibuiswords.com">Shibui Swords</A></FONT> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER> </BODY></HTML>