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PROVENANCE:    Robert E. Haynes
                                            Elliott D. Long
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"In this case the plate is very thick, more than the thickest Akasaka school plate. This example would seem to be the work of the Edo period Myochin school. The original Horai school was related to the Kaga Myochin group, and this example was probably made by a later master of that school.

The plate has a very fine patina and the edge has some iron bones. There is fine line carving detail on both the crane and the tortoise (crane and tortoise emblematic of longevity).

It would seem that this tsuba was made to emulate the original Horai examples, of the Momoyama period, some of which are signed." (Haynes)

7.9cm x 8.0cm x 0.7cm. thick

"Further study confirms the 'Horai Tsurukame' a trademark design for the Horai family. According to Dr. Torigoye, the Horai family worked throughout the Edo period. R. Haynes notes an example of this design, signed and dated at Buzen province, 1855." (Long)

Comes with fitted tomobako.

"I want to stress the value of the fundamental art maintained in this very fine Kaga Myochin tsuba. The artistic character is developed by the very rich purplish-black color of the plate, and the very simple kebori engravings that are present. All of the fundamental aesthetic principles are to be found: the jigane, tempering, shape, edge structure, and decoration are of the highest skill." (Long)

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