<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Owari 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 9.00.8112.16457"></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>OWARI NOBUIYE</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;&nbsp;&nbsp;Elliott Long<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;John Irwin</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#ff0000 face=Papyrus><FONT size=+2>Reference Only</FONT></FONT></B></FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD width="50%"> <P align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>Unsigned Owari Nobuiye tsuba.<BR>Late Muromachi (1500-1550)</FONT></B></P><BR><BR> <P align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>A hammer-forged iron plate of mokko shape. The edge shows abundant tekkotsu from Owari style tempering process. Amongst the carved clouds above are fronds of ferns or morning glory vines, and below are what appear to be the scales of a dragon. This appears on both sides. Slight trace of copper sekigane in nakago-ana. Both surfaces have large remaining traces of black lacquer.<BR><BR>Though unsigned, displays classical Nobuiye elegance, antiquity and simplicity. The variations in the shape of the hitsu-ana are unequalled by any other class of tsuba.</FONT></B></P><BR><BR><BR><P align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>7.5cm x 6.7cm x 0.2-0.3cm thickness.</FONT></B></P></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="ko-shoami_files/92.jpg" width=470 height=520></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <CENTER><IMG src="ko-shoami_files/104.jpg" width=470 height=520></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="ko-shoami_files/106.jpg" width=440 height=520></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <CENTER><IMG src="ko-shoami_files/105.jpg" width=250 height=300>&nbsp;<IMG src="ko-shoami_files/109.jpg" width=250 height=300></CENTER> </TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="ko-shoami_files/100.jpg" width=400 height=300><BR><IMG src="ko-shoami_files/108.jpg" width=400 height=300></CENTER></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE></CENTER> <br><br> <P align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>From the study of this tsuba, the variety of surface hammering and engraving appears to be ji-mon. They do not cover the entire surface but are in small groups or clusters. This type of surface treatment is very typical of Nobuiye tsuba which is very tasteful and has the first aesthetic quality.<BR>The style of this tsuba very definitely displays the katchushi family background of Nobuiye. All the characteristics of this work are katchushi but far superior to the common work of katchushi tsuba makers. The skillful tekkotsu shown by Nobuiye in this piece resembles those found in the Owari schools. This similarity may be explained through the fact that Nobuiye and the various schools of Owari have a common origin in the katchushi tsuba makers.<BR>Small sized (like this tsuba) predominate Owari Nobuiye tsuba. The iron plate is quite hard and the surface is rough with low relief carving.</FONT></B></P> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"> <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/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Collective</A></FONT><BR><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Go To <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/EDLcollection.htm">E.D.L. Collection</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>