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PROVENANCE:    Robert E. Haynes
                                            Elliott D. Long
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"Large oval mokko iron plate tsuba with raised rim, the edge and the plate carved with the classic tortoise shell pattern found on many Nobuiye tsuba. The plate surface well worked and showing the forging patterns that are famous in Nobuiye tsuba. The hitsu-ana are in the form of the Matsukawabishi mon, half forming each side. All these elements are repeated on the reverse side.

The face is signed: 'NOBUIYE', see H 07074.0. This is a new, unrecorded example of what I have called the "wide spaced" Nobuiye signature. In 2001, when I wrote my "Index", I had seen only four examples of the wide spaced signature. In addition to this one I have now found three more examples. One in the collection of Elliott D. Long (see HERE), and two in the NOBUIYE TSUBA-SHU, 1926, by Akiyama Kyusaku and Nakamura Kakudaiyu. See numbers 84 and 130 both with the wide spaced signature. Also see HAYNES CATALOG #7, pages 48 and 49 for the other examples of this style of signature. No doubt we will find other examples in the future. A study of these seven examples would be very welcome at this time." (Haynes)
7.7cm x 8.3cm x 0.3cm


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