<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Aizu Shoami Tsuba</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=UTF-16" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=Author content="Elliott Long"> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 9.00.8112.16575"></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=#000080 size=+4 face=Papyrus>AIZU SHOAMI</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 size=+2 face=Papyrus>Provenance: &nbsp;&nbsp;Robert E. Haynes</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><b><font color="#ff0000" face="Papyrus"><font size="+2">Reference Only</font></font></b></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"Katana size oval iron plate very well hammered and with hot stamped kanji and other designs, on both sides. The rim is hammered and worked to the same extent as the face and back of the plate. Both sides have small dots of inlay in gold, silver, and copper. In most cases these represent dew drops, but on this tsuba they more likely are stars as seen in a cloudy sky. There are also four scoop cuts on either side of the nakago-ana which probably indicate the maker of this tsuba, but we have no way of knowing who this artist might be. The hitsu-ana are plugged with lead, with the surface covered in punch marks. From these various indicators we can assume that this is the work of the Shoami school at Aizu and that it was made ca. 1600. This type of tsuba is greatly overlooked, and should be regarded as very fine workmanship of a high caliber." (Haynes)</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu85_files/97.jpg" width=470 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>7.90cm x 8.40cm x 0.50cm</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu85_files/98.jpg" width=470 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu85_files/99.jpg" width=300 height=500></CENTER> </TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="haynesTsu85_files/100.jpg" width=200 height=500>&nbsp;<IMG src="haynesTsu85_files/101.jpg" width=200 height=500><BR><IMG src="haynesTsu85_files/102.jpg" width=200 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE></CENTER> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"> <center><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="1" height="100" width="800"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="10" width="100%"> <h2 align="center"><font color="#000080" face="Papyrus">How to Purchase this Tsuba</font></h2></td></tr> <TR> <TD height=59 width="100%"><B><FONT size=+2 face="Papyrus" color=#000080>If you would like to know more about any items on this website, or if you are considering a purchase, please send Elliott and Robert an E-MAIL (<FONT color=#ff0000 size=+2> elliott@shibuiswords.com </FONT>), asking us any questions you have or what pieces interest you.</FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR> <TD height=21 width="100%"><B><FONT size=+2 face="Papyrus" color=#000080>Or, if you would rather, you may call me (Elliott):</FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR> <TD height=21 width="100%"> <P align=center><FONT size=+2 face="Papyrus"><B>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <FONT color=#ff0000>HOME PHONE: 503-666-2342&nbsp;&nbsp; or &nbsp;CELL PHONE: 503-754-8082</FONT></B></FONT></P></TD></TR> </tbody></table> </center> <DIV></DIV><BR><BR> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"> <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="80%" cols=1> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <DIV align=center> <P><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long</FONT></P></DIV></TD></TR> <TR> <TD> <DIV align=left> <P></P></DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER><BR> <CENTER><FONT color=#993300 size=+3 face=Papyrus> <TABLE border=0 width="90%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle align=center><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Return To <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Collective</A></FONT><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Robert Haynes &nbsp; <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/haynesarticles.htm">Articles</A></FONT>&nbsp;--&nbsp;<FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus><A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/haynestutorial.htm">Tutorial</A></FONT><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Email to <A href="mailto:elliott@shibuiswords.com">Shibui Swords</A></FONT> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></FONT></CENTER></BODY></HTML>