<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Myochin Ki Muneharu</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=#993300 size=+3 face=Papyrus>'MYOCHIN KI MUNEHARU'</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;Robert E. Haynes<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<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;Larry T. Niermeyer</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#ff0000 face=Papyrus size=+2>Reference Only</FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=center width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"The Myochin Ha's main occupation was as armor smiths, and they made tsuba as a sideline. The Myochin Ha is the main line of the Katchushi, and the number of artisans was the greatest. During Bakumatsu (the end of the Tokugawa or Bakufu period), the Myochin Ha made tsuba that are well forged tetsu-ji and most were especially skilled at ko-sukashi. Mokko-gata is the most common shape. This tsuba is exquisitely executed as would be expected of katchushi. Two gold-plugged Hitsu-ana. Highly decorative "Pine trees under Fuji" sukashi motif. Late Edo period (ca.1800)." (Haynes & Long)</FONT></B></DIV><BR><BR><BR> <P align=center><B><FONT face="Papyrus" size=+1>2 7/8"inches x 3 3/16"inches x 7/32"inches thick.<BR> Ana: 1 3/16"inches.</FONT></B></P></TD> <TD width="50%"> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin_files/37.jpg" width=500 height=550></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin_files/36.jpg" width=500 height=530></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin_files/40.jpg" width=500 height=530></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin_files/9693.jpg" width=400 height=470><BR><DIV align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>This is a scan of a very old photograph of tsuba prior to it receiving Hako-Gaki and gold fill to both ana's.</FONT></B></DIV></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin_files/44.jpg" width=400 height=450></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin_files/41.jpg" width=500 height=300></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="myochin_files/43.jpg" width=450 height=350><BR><DIV align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>Hako-gaki reads (from right to left): <BR>Tsuba<BR>Fuji (no) Miho (no) Matsubara<BR>Mokko-gata, Sukashi<BR>Original owner.</FONT></B></DIV></CENTER></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE></CENTER><BR><BR> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"> <BR> <CENTER><FONT color=#993300 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 &nbsp;&nbsp;elliott@shibuiswords.com</FONT> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></FONT></CENTER></BODY></HTML>