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PROVENANCE:    Skip Holbrook
                                            Elliott D. Long

"Iron cross form (mokko gata) plate with raised rim. The surface of the plate, the omodaka (known as the 'Shogun-gusa', plant of the winning army), gourd and water carving and the mimi are all excellent Nobuiye work. The kozuka/kogai hitsu-ana are gold lined with shakudo plugs and possibly added at a later time. The edge has the tortise-shell pattern with minimal tekkotsu. This tsuba has a nice dark patina, and has a very substantial weight and size, making it quite appealing." (Long)

"From the evidence, based on the style and subjects used, we have placed the working period of the second Nobuiye generation about the Tensho era to the Kanei era (1573-1643). None of the tsuba bearing the family name Myochin were made before the early Edo age. In fact we do not find this name inscribed on any work attributed to members of the Myochin school before that time.
It is possible that this tsuba is the work of one of the students of the second Nobuiye. We can not be sure who these students were or what happened to them. Nobuiye tsuba possess the highest form of the true aesthetic art. This piece displays the detail of the hammer work and the quality of the forging rarely to be seen in any other tsuba." (Haynes)

8.75cm x 8.84cm x 0.63cm (mimi)

NTHK Kanteisho 2004, Chicago


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