<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Hizen Nobuiye Tsuba</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=UTF-16" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=Author content="Elliott Long"> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 9.00.8112.16476"></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=#993300 size=+4 face=Papyrus>HIZEN 'NOBUIYE' <FONT size=+2>H 07072.A</FONT></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 face=Papyrus size=+2>PROVENANCE:&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;Elliott D. Long</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#008000 face=Papyrus><FONT size=+3>$2500.00</FONT></FONT></B><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Email to <A href="mailto:elliott@shibuiswords.com">Shibui Swords</A></FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#993300 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"Katana size iron mokko plate tsuba with the web carved in low relief of a male dragon in clouds.<BR><BR>The head with gold eye, is at the top of the plate with a foot, one three toed leg and the tail at the bottom right of the plate, and two gold flames with a three toed foot between them. Also with udenuki-ana at the lower left of the face of the plate, and a gold ken in the tail. All gold in nunome." (Haynes & Long)</FONT></B></DIV><BR><BR><BR><BR> <DIV align=center><B><FONT color=#993300 size=+2 face=Papyrus>8.50cm x 7.50cm x 0.60cm</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu34_files/81.jpg" width=470 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#993300 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"The reverse with two body sections top and right, and one leg with three toes, and a single gold flame.<BR><BR>The seppa-dai is in the shape of the "Chinese" style often seen on the tsuba made in Hizen Province at the city of Nagasaki. The rim is covered in gold nunome in the style of the Hizen area, often seen in the work of the Jakushi school and others." (Haynes & Long)</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu34_files/80.jpg" width=470 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu34_files/82.jpg" width=370 height=500></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu34_files/79.jpg" width=370 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD width="50%"> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu34_files/77.jpg" width=470 height=400></CENTER><BR><DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#993300 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"The face is signed 'NOBUIE' H 07072.A, in two large kanji. This style of the Nobuie signature does not match any of those recorded so far. It would seem this is an unrecorded Nobuie who was living in the Hizen/Nagasaki area in the mid to later Edo period." (Haynes)</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu34_files/78.jpg" width=400 height=300></CENTER><BR><DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#993300 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"On the reverse is the signature, in small kanji of 'MITSUAKI' H 05118.0, who lived ca. 1800 at Karatsu in Hizen Province." (Haynes)</FONT></B></DIV></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE></CENTER> <P>&nbsp;</P> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#993300 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"It would seem this tsuba was a collaberation between these two artists. Nobuie forged the plate and may have done some of the carving and Mitsuaki did the gold nunome. In any event, it looks like we have found another unrecorded Nobuie. I have always wondered if there was not a Nobuie on Kyushu Island, perhaps we have now found him. We shall call him the "HIZEN NOBUIE" (H 07072.A). (Haynes)</FONT></B></DIV><BR><BR><BR> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"><BR><BR><BR> <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/EDLcollection.htm">COLLECTION</A></FONT><BR><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Go To <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Gakko</A></FONT><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>