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                                            Elliott D. Long
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"A large round copper plate of katana size with the face showing Hotei riding on a horse, that looks much like a mule, or perhaps a Mongolian pony. His staff and fan are carved and inlaid on the reverse side. The plate surface is ishime of very fine grain. The horse, robe and staff are in pure shishiai style. The head, body and arm of Hotei are above surface inlay, as is the fan on the reverse side. The clouds are carved well below the plate surface and have gold inlay touches and a silver moon on the back side. The amount of detail carving is hard to see in some cases, as it is so fine. The quality of this tsuba is far superior to that of many others with this same subject, and shows the true ability of the work of Joi.

Born 1701, died July 24, 1761. He was a student of Nara Toshinaga (H 10485.0), and it is said, a student of Nara Toshinaga (H 10469.0). His early work is in the style of his Nara school teachers. Later he originated the "Joi" school group, and had many students." (Haynes)

Read complete descriptive article by Robert Haynes titled 'The M. Arthur Kay Sugiura Joi Tsuba HERE.
7.35cm x 7.75cm x 0.35cm

A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long

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