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#1 jct3602


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Posted 02 November 2018 - 08:52 PM


    Could someone help me with the translation on this mei?  Just purchased it, and will receive it shortly; if the seller's pictures are not clear enough, I will repost when I can photo it myself.



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#2 SteveM


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:13 AM

Right side: 平安 (Heian, in this case a reference to Kyoto, I think)

Left side: 義照造之 (Yoshiteru, the artist's name. After that "tsukuru kore", or "kore wo tsukuru" if you prefer. Together it means "Yoshiteru made this")


Check out a wonderful and rare two-sword set of tsuba by the same artist. (The swords are excellent also)


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:30 AM

Very nice subject matter.  This is a dragon fish - a creature with the head of a dragon and the body of a fish.  I have a FK set with the same theme.  Very unusual!   

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:58 AM

Yes, the motif is a Shachihoko (Tiger or Dragon fish) used as an ornamental roof tile symbolizing good luck and acting as a charm to ward off fire.




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