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#1 roger dundas

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:56 AM

Described as- KOSHI SUKASHI UME KARAKUSA ZU decoration,

                       JISUKASHI . GIN ANDSHINCHU ZOGAN technique.

I think I got that correct.     74 x73 x 3.6mm

One question I have is about the 2 missing silver flower petals on the omote face.

Does anyone have an opinion as to whether this might have been done so as make it match the 3 silver petals on the ura face.  Is that a ridiculous concept or is it possible but who would know ? Their removal is quite complete.

Another question is regarding a period of manufacture please ?

Thanks in anticipation.

Roger Dundas

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#2 Ken-Hawaii

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 08:56 AM

I've never seen one quite like that, but it well cound be Heianjo. Typical paulownia with brass inlay. Many were made during Momoyama, but I don't know of any way to know exactly when any tsuba was made.

 

Ford Hallam will know much more, but it looks like the silver petals were added later, maybe when brass wasn't available, although why the omote petals are missing is a question.


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#3 Grey Doffin

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 02:27 PM

In my humbled opinion, the silver petals are original to the tsuba and 2 of them are missing because of corrosion underneath that popped them off.

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#4 Ken-Hawaii

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 03:27 PM

You have much more experience, Grey, & I bow to your opinion.  :bowdown:


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