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PROVENANCE:    Robert E. Haynes
                                            Elliott D. Long
                                            Dan Wester
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"Thick iron plate of very rounded diamond shape, resembling the Otafuku form, with bold mokume pattern on both sides of the plate and large sukashi openings, right and left center, of eggplants (nasubi), and a large teardrop form opening center bottom of the plate. The eggplant sukashi design may refer to the story of the THREE DREAMS.
Signed on the face: 'oite Sanshu Nishio' (Nishio is a small town in Mikawa Prov. with a castle occupied by a branch of the Matsudaira family from 1764 to 1868), 'Kunitomo Shoko saku'. See H 08750.0. His name can also be read 'Masayuki'. Art Name 'Kangoemon Yuemon', Kunitomo Family.
The Kunitomo were a famous family of gun makers who by this generation were also making tsuba. He became the second master of the Kunitomo family in 1768, and he died June 18, 1801. The Kunitomo were famous for their use of sahari inlay on their tsuba. This artist did both sahari and, as in this case, sukashi form tsuba. Their work is much prized, and fully signed examples, such as this, are rare." (R.E. Haynes)

Ref. Toso Kinko Jiten pg.348 lower 3
Published in 'Owari to Mikawa no Tsubako' pg. 298
7.90cm x 8.80cm x 0.70cm.

Right side of seppa-dai signed: 'oite Sanshu Nishio'
Left side of seppa-dai signed: 'Kunitomo Shoko saku'.

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