<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Myochin Ki Toshio</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=UTF-16" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=Author content="Elliott Long"> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 9.00.8112.16484"></HEAD> <BODY background="stuff_files/bg2.jpg"> <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 width="100%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=755> <P align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+4 face=Papyrus>'TOSHIO'</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 Collective</A></FONT></CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></DIV></TD> <TD width="20%"><IMG src="stuff_files/tsuba kanji.jpg" width=180 height=200></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER>&nbsp; <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="100%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD align=center><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;Elliott D. Long</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#008000 face=Papyrus><FONT size=+3>$5000.00</FONT></FONT></B><BR><FONT size=+2 color=#ff0000 face=Papyrus>elliott@shibuiswords.com</FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"Katana size iron slightly oval plate with rounded rim showing some iron bones (see images below). The web in sukashi with design of four bands of clouds, two at the top of the seppadai, and two at the bottom of the seppadai.<BR>Signed: 'Tosa Kuni Ju', on the right side of the seppadai, and 'Myochin Ki Toshio', on the left side of the seppadai. Recorded as H 10535.0.<BR>This artist worked ca. 1825 and is said to have lived to the age of 80. Much of his work is in the style of either the Tosa Akasaka or Tosa Higo schools. This example is in his own style and not that of another school." (Haynes)</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="toshio_files/70.jpg" width=500 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"Toshio was a retainer of the Tosa daimyo who was at this time Yamanouchi Toyonobu (1827-1872), more commonly known as Yodo. It is interesting to note that Akiyama Kyusaku was also a retainer of the Yamanouchi at this same time and though he does not mention it, he may have known this artist. He certainly knew of him. A very fine classic example of the work of this artist and his school." (Haynes)</FONT></B></DIV><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR> <DIV align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>7.8cm x 8.1cm x 0.65cm</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="toshio_files/71.jpg" width=500 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>YAMANOUCHI. Daimyo family, descended from Fujiwara Hidesato.<BR>-YODO (His real name was Toyonobu). He took a leading part in the Imperial Restoration. He was the first, who on the advice of Goto Shojiro, wrote to the Shogun asking him to remit the government of the country to the Emperor. (Papinot)<BR><BR><BR>REF:<BR>Toso Kinko Jiten, pg. 610 (upper-9);<BR>Toso Kodogu Meiji Taikei III, pg. 268-269;<BR>Shinsen Kinko Meikan, pg. 224</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="toshio_files/75.jpg" width=250 height=400>&nbsp;&nbsp;<IMG src="toshio_files/76.jpg" width=300 height=450></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD width="50%"> <CENTER><IMG src="toshio_files/78.jpg" width=350 height=500></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="toshio_files/81.jpg" width=500 height=350></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD width="50%"> <CENTER><IMG src="toshio_files/79.jpg" width=350 height=500></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="toshio_files/80.jpg" width=450 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD width="50%"> <CENTER><IMG src="toshio_files/82.jpg" width=350 height=400></CENTER></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="toshio_files/84.jpg" width=370 height=550></CENTER></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE> <TABLE border=0 width="90%"> <TBODY> <TR><TD align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>From 'TSUBA GEIJUTSU-KO' of Dr. Torigoye.<BR>Tosa is famous for the Tosa Myochin school. They were a distant branch of the main line of the Myochin family. They worked for the most part in Akasaka style since the lord of the area preferred the tsuba style of that school.<BR>A group of the Tosa Myochin smiths went to Edo to study with the Akasaka masters Tadatoki and Tadanori in the late Edo age. It was the lord of Tosa, Yamanouchi, who inspired the Tosa school masters to work in Akasaka style. The important artists of this school are: TOSHIO, Munenaga, and Munehide.</FONT></B></TD></TR> </TBODY></TABLE></CENTER><BR><BR><BR> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"><BR> <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="90%"> <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 Gakko</A></FONT><BR><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Go To <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/EDLcollection.htm">COLLECTION</A></FONT><BR> <FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Email to <A href="mailto:elliott@shibuiswords.com">Shibui Swords</A></FONT> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER> </BODY></HTML>