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Provenance:    Robert E. Haynes
                                            Elliott D. Long
"Copper kozuka with carved design of an elephant and its trainer in low relief. With some gold inlay. The quality of the carving is very fine. The back side has gold strips as if the surface has been rubbed or cut from an overall gold plate. There is minor damage to the butt end of this piece that can be repaired.

The bottom third has a large 'pot' seal of very good carving and below a Chinese style seal. These are the seals used by Otsuki Mitsuoki (H 05375.0) born 1766, died Aug. 15, 1834. He was a very important artist and produced many fine pieces, but there are many forgeries of his work, but this is not one of them. See volume II of Wakayama, page 65, lower right, with a very long explanation of both of these seals, as seen on this kozuka.

All in all a very fine work by a very important artist that is both rare and genuine." (Haynes)

9.60cm x 1.40cm x 0.42cm

Both Seals for Otsuki Mitsuoki

How to Purchase this Tsuba:
please send Elliott and Robert an E-MAIL
( elliott@shibuiswords.com ).

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

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