PROVENANCE:    Skip Holbrook
                                            Elliott D. Long
"Oval iron plate tsuba with kebori carving of 'Horai Tsurukame', the symbolic design of the Horai family. The rim shape from a crane with spread wings and a minokame (mythical turtle) with bearded tail. Dates to the Momoyama/early Edo period.

Though unsigned (mumei), comes with NTHK Kanteisho (#3553) dated 1989 (Yoshikawa stamp) to Horai School.
The design of the crane and turtle are traditional symbols of longevity and wisdom in both Chinese and Japanese thought.
“Tsuru Sen-nen, Kame Man-nen”
(As the Crane one thousand years, the Tortoise ten thousand years)

7.0cm x 7.5cm x 0.4cm

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

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