Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:08 PM
I'm guessing it is Edo Akasaka? Can anybody confirm or add anything?
Nemo me impune lacessit
Posted 01 September 2013 - 05:16 PM
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Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:04 AM
Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:42 AM
PS: just found this link -- fourth tsuba down: http://home.earthlin...ert/akasaka.htm
Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:21 AM
I did not know there were any subsequent Tadatora smiths. 赤坂三代忠虎 Akasaka sandai Tadatora. Must be Meiji era, I suspect, as the first was first half of the 19th century and a student of Tadatoki. John
Text above says mid Edo...
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Posted 06 September 2013 - 03:22 AM
Pete's Yashima one-
entry says 3rd gen mainline master specifically to Tadatora
Under the umbrella of 'ko-akasaka'.
They say Mid Edo, though Tadatora is believed to have spanned 'late' early edo into 'early' mid edo. As per Jim's website, conservative call seems to be 'early Mid Edo'.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 04:37 AM
Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:49 AM
I believe there is an allegorical Folk tale (originating in China....) about a praying mantis attempting to stop a carriage wheel.
The tale goes the mantis angrily stretches out its arms, to arrest the progress of the carriage, unconscious of its inability for such a task, but showing how much it thinks of its own powers.
It can be interpreted as be on your guard; be careful.
Or if you cherish a boastful confidence in your own excellence, and place yourself in collision with a greater force, you are likely to incur the fate of the mantis.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:41 PM
Just to confirm though it is a mantis and wheel pertaining to the chinese legend of the chariot and mantis. It is a very common akasaka design although the wheel has changed a bit over the years. If I like it a lot, you may have to sell it to me. (didn't everyone get the memo on the mantis dude's right to first refusal?). But I won't evoke my right to purchase. Enjoy it. Just figured I confirm what most of you were saying in spite of silly things like a bell insect....Mantis rule!!!!!!
for the full legend you can see it on my website http://kamakiriken.webs.com/index.htm under Japanese symbolism section
Posted 06 September 2013 - 03:27 PM
This little fella took on me and my four dogs, none of them small.
The worst of his fate(so far) was to be immortalised on NMB...
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