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PROVENANCE:    Elliott D. Long $500.00
"Hikone Bori Soten School Tsuba. 'SOTEN' signed with a full thin signature. Early Edo period.
The pictoral designs favored by Soten are almost the same as those of his father Shuten. They are pictures of Taoist and Buddhist monks at leisure, or pictures of warriors in combat. This type of Soten tsuba is of very fine iron with the two ryohitsu ana plugged in brass. The rich brown plate is deeply pierced and delicately carved in Hikone Bori and applied with gold nunome and shakudo inlays with accurate details.

The plate is decorated in iroe takazogan while the sky behind is in sukashi work, and the face of the figures applied with shakudo inlays and the kimono's in gold nunome with very accurate details. The design of a dignitary and his assistant seated under a matsu (pine tree) is expressed with great strength and beauty in a high relief carving in a typical work of the Soten school. The fine quality of the metal, skillful engraving, give the work a feeling of grandeur and authority.

This is a particularly rare example." (Long)
7.6cm x 7.0cm.

How to Purchase this Tsuba

If you would like to know more about any Tsuba, or if you are considering a purchase, please send an E-MAIL telling me (Elliott) where you are and what pieces interest you.

Or, if you would rather, you may call me: Phone: (c)503-754-8082  or   (h)503-666-2342

I can discuss payment methods, and estimate shipping and insurance costs. 

For orders within the US, I can accept personal checks, bank checks, or money orders made payable to "Elliott Long." I cannot process credit cards or accept paypal payments. 

Orders from outside the US can be paid with International Postal Money Orders, checks in US dollars written on a US bank, Western Union transfers, or Bank Wire transfers. Contact Me for details. I can give you a quote on shipping and insurance costs, once I have received your mailing address.

Payments should be sent to:   Elliott Long
                                                         P.O. Box 2103
                                                         Gresham, Oregon 97030

A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long

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