<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Shoami convex Tsuba</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=UTF-16" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=Author content="Elliott Long"> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 9.00.8112.16450"></HEAD> <BODY background=stuff_files/bg2.jpg>&nbsp; <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 width="100%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width="80%"> <P align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+3 face=Papyrus>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</A></FONT></CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></DIV></TD> <TD width="20%"><IMG src="stuff_files/tsuba kanji.jpg" width=200 height=200></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER>&nbsp; <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="90%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>PROVENANCE:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Skip Holbrook<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;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Elliott D. Long</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#008000 face=Papyrus size=+3>$700.00</FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=center width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"A true SHOAMI iron tsuba (ca. 1600) of convex thick metal. The plate is well hammered and formed in a deep cup shape. Repousse from inside to get higher relief design of a dragon in waves. The high relief dragon is carved from the plate and is not iron on iron inlay. Rarely seen seppa dai recessed below the surface of the plate.<BR><BR>There is some mystery about this type of tsuba. Does it come from the European cup handguard shape? It might also be of Chinese or even Persian origin. All that we can say is in all of this type produced, there does seem to be a Kyushu feeling. There is no appearance of lacquer.<BR><BR>Same yet different subject as the <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/cupshape.htm">'Shoami Nobutada'</A> tsuba.&nbsp; Two very important tsubas for the study of Shoami tsuba." (Haynes & Long)</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD width="50%"> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin-cup_files/8.jpg" width=500 height=530></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=center width="40%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>8.9cm x 8.8cm x 0.7 cm deep.<BR> 0.3 - 0.6 cm thick. .<BR><BR>.</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin-cup_files/9.jpg" width=500 height=530></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin-cup_files/10.jpg" width=500 height=400></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin-cup_files/11.jpg" width=500 height=400></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin-cup_files/12.jpg" width=500 height=350></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin-cup_files/13.jpg" width=500 height=350></CENTER></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE></CENTER><BR><BR> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"> <BR> <CENTER><FONT color=#000080 size=+3 face=Papyrus> <TABLE border=0 width="100%"> <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</A></FONT>&nbsp;OR&nbsp; <FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus><A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/index.htm">Home Page</A></FONT>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <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>