<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Robert Haynes Tsuba</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=UTF-16" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=Author content="Elliott Long"> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 9.00.8112.16457"></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=+4 face=Papyrus>KYO - SUKASHI</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=left><B><FONT color=#000080 face=Papyrus size=+2>PROVENANCE:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Skip Holbrook<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;Robert E. Haynes<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;Elliott D. Long</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#008000 face=Papyrus><FONT size=+2>Collection Tsuba, Please Inquire</FONT></FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=center width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>Muromachi Period (ca. 1500)<BR><BR>Iron sukashi tsuba in the design of four storm clouds that secure the seppa-dai to the rim at top and bottom.<BR>Futatsu mokkogata shape.<BR>This detailed work is an almost perfect example of the finest ji-sukashi.<BR>The deep patina complements the tekkotsu of the rim.<BR>The seppa-dai, although a prominent feature, does not detract from the design.<BR><BR>The refined iron and pleasant texture is superior and typifies the high skills of this master.<BR>Although a product of the late-Muromachi period, it has the expression and refinement of the earlier Muromachi periods.</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="clouds_files/42.jpg" width=500 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <P align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>7.45cm wide x 7.15cm height x 0.65cm seppa.</FONT></B></P><BR><BR><P align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>The Ji-sukashi technique was developed in order to create tsuba with strong meaningful symbols as well as reducing the weight of the sword when fencing. The Ji-sukashi technique creates a design in the simplest way.<BR>There are several similarities between the Ji-sukashi technique and Japanese ink painting, sumie, for example: the symbolic designs, the color of the ink and there is a distinct relationship between the simple boldly emphasized openwork and the naive brush strokes and the use of blank spaces of the ink paintings. A harmony between light and dark.</FONT></B></P></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="clouds_files/C1.jpg" width=470 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD width="50%"><CENTER><IMG src="clouds_files/C3.jpg" width=400 height=500></CENTER> </TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="clouds_files/C2.jpg" width=480 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD width="50%"><CENTER><IMG src="clouds_files/40.jpg" width=200 height=340>&nbsp;<IMG src="clouds_files/41.jpg" width=250 height=450></CENTER> </TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="clouds_files/39.jpg" width=340 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE></CENTER> <br><br> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"> <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="80%" cols=1> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <DIV align=center> <P><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long</FONT></P></DIV></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE></CENTER><BR> <CENTER><TABLE border=0 width="100%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD bgColor=#ffffcc vAlign=middle align=center><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Return To &nbsp;<A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba</A> &nbsp;OR&nbsp; <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/index.htm">Home Page</A>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Email to <A href="mailto:elliott@shibuiswords.com">Shibui Swords</A></FONT> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER></BODY></HTML>