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#1 Yoshimichi

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 03:31 AM

Dear NMB Members:

 

Does anyone know the story, fable or motif depicted on this tsuba. I just saw a Naminohira Yasukuni katana with the same horimono motif . The owner wants to know what the motif means. It shows one of the persons pointing at something. any ideas? Any help is appreciated. 

 

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#2 ROKUJURO

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 04:16 AM

Probably KANZAN and JITTOKU with his broom. Very good TSUBA, but I cannot identify the alloy. Looks a bit as if the patination has gone.

 http://figal-sensei....hics/ch7/10.htm

 

 


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#3 Toryu

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 04:43 AM

Kanzan and Jittoku for sure...
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#4 TETSUGENDO

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 04:51 AM

Jean and Tom have got it.

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#5 Yoshimichi

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 08:07 AM

Thank you, gentlemen. I really appreciate it. It never ceases to amaze me at the breadth of knowledge of NMB members. 

 

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#6 Marius

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:24 AM

I think not. This looks an elderly couple, so possibly  Joo (尉) and Uba (媼)? Then again, I miss references to a pine, and what does the tiger mean?


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#7 TETSUGENDO

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:49 AM

Bill,

The tsuba you are inquiring about is a well known work (or certainly should be) by Unno Shomin, the subjects depicted are Kanzan and Jittoku.

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#8 Krystian

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:52 AM

Hello, 

 

Is it not the same tsuba? 

 

https://markussesko....of-unno-shomin/

 

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#9 TETSUGENDO

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 11:12 AM

Krystian,

Yes, same piece.

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#10 Ford Hallam

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 12:15 PM

Kanzan and Jittoku by Unno Shomin. The alloy is shibuichi, probably around 12% silver with copper. One of the great tsuba masterpieces imo.

 

I did a little study of the tiger about 23 years ago shortly after I came back fro  y first Japan study trip.

kata-kiri tiger.jpg

 

 

 

 


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#11 Kanenaga

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 02:09 AM

I believe this tsuba is on display -- or was at least in November during the DTI -- at the Nezu Museum in Tokyo, as part of the Mitsumura collection show.


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