|Preface, enlarged images, pictures of Kikko-mon, sea weed, wave, karakusa, etc. Post script. Limited 500 copies.|
37.5cm x 27cm x 1.3cm, 47 pp., excellent condition.
If there is
another tsuba maker who can be compared with Kaneiye, his name is Nobuiye.
Even though he is widely known to date, his history is quite ambiguous. He is
said to work at the late Muromachi to early Edo era and it seems that there
were two Nobuiye at that time. The signature of the first generation called
"Ga-mei" (elegant mei) and also called "Hanare-mei". On the other hand, the
second generation had some diversity in his signature showing strong
impression and classified as "Futoji-mei", "Katchu-mei", "Sakei-mei", and
"Sumari-mei". The first worked from Kiroku to Keicho period (1558-1614) and
the second from Tensho to Kanei (1573-1643). The tetsu-ji of Nobuiye tsuba is
strong and sometimes famous yakite shitate and jimon appears with prominent
tetkotsu in mimi.