'MYOCHIN OSUMINOKAMI'


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PROVENANCE:    Robert E. Haynes
                                      Elliott D. Long
$1500.00
"Iron mokko mokume plate with inlay of a wasp in high relief of copper and silver. With kiri leaves and vines in gold and shakudo. At the bottom of the plate is an inome (heart shape) sukashi now filled with shakudo. The reverse has three kiri leaves and vines in shakudo and gold. The kogai hitsu-ana is filled with shakudo.

The plate is signed on the face: (right side) 'shinto go tetsu ren', a phrase implying "carefully forged iron", (left side) 'Myochin Osuminokami'.
Also signed on the reverse: (right side) 'Ki Munesuke saku', (left side) "made at the age of 75".
This would seem to be H 06238.0, though there are two other artists with this name but who had other titles or were of a later time.

The later Edo period Myochin school were very proud of their lineage, but unfortunately most of it had been fabricated to enhance their image. This artist was one of the best of the Myochin school of his time and showed his ability in iron forging and inlay work as well." (Haynes)
7.70cm x 7.20cm x 0.4cm.



REF: Toso Kinko Jiten pg. 419 lower 3,
Toso Kodogu Meiji Taikei vol. III pg. 339-340.

OMOTE: (right side) 'shinto go tetsu ren', a phrase implying "carefully forged iron", (left side) 'Myochin Osuminokami'.
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URA: (right side) 'Ki Munesuke saku', (left side) "made at the age of 75".


"MOKUME JI, "wood-grained ground" gives the effect of the grained wood of a piece of lumber. This finish is achieved by forging and diligently hammering together pieces of soft and hard iron and forming the whole into the shape of a tsuba, then treating the surfaces with an acid which brings out the fine streaks, whorl-like mottles and wood-grain texture that was formed by the intermingling of the hard and soft iron. The result resembles grained wood and has a brilliant bluish sheen.

This type of finish, moreover, is practically the distinguishing mark for works by Myochin iron forgers, especially the works by Myochin Munesuke and Takagi Kuninaga of Edo, and also in the works of Edo period swordsmiths and Myochin descendants." (Long)

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


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