Kabuto maru tsuba
Posted 30 June 2020 - 12:35 AM
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Posted 30 June 2020 - 01:25 AM
Please flip it 180 degrees.
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but it takes a special kind of human to rise to life's challenges for a lifetime.
Posted 30 June 2020 - 03:36 AM
Ken, I usually simply unplug my PC and turn it upside down.
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Posted 30 June 2020 - 07:53 AM
Posted 30 June 2020 - 08:33 AM
Because of the difficulty with Kanji orientation here, I am thinking that it might not be a signature and wondering if the tsuba maker might not have used the original Mei he found inside the Kabuto? I think we can at least see the old character for Kuni\Koku 国, i.e. 國 perhaps, no?
For example, just to get the ball rolling, does anyone see 拍國 for example?
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Posted 30 June 2020 - 08:17 PM
Posted 30 June 2020 - 10:16 PM
Certainly not common, there are numerous tsuba which are made in imitation of kabuto plates but this is the first I have ever seen of this form. A nice thing to own.
All the best.
Posted 01 July 2020 - 10:35 AM
Posted 01 July 2020 - 11:54 AM
David, Remember that iron, even scraps, were valuable and if you could make a tsuba out of bits lying around, it uses them up.
Piers, I agree with what you see but I also see shu 州 above. That would make sense if indeed the iron has been recycled from an old helmet. If the character above kuni 国 is indeed 拍 Hyo, Haku utsu it doesn't seem to make sense. However, it appears to be a pseudonym for 打 cho, da.
Posted 01 July 2020 - 12:10 PM
Ian, I agree it doesn't make much sense, and thanks for the extra thoughts. Do you think it is a place name rather than an individual Kabuto maker's Mei? Assuming that a Mei moves down away from the tehen, then are you suggesting that the original photo orientation was correct, and it somehow says 'struck/hammered in X country'?
Posted 01 July 2020 - 03:45 PM
Posted 01 July 2020 - 04:15 PM
Piers, The only armour makers (as far as I know) who didn't use the top - down arrangement were the Bamen who signed horizontally just above the koshimaki. I tend to agree that the mei once adorned a helmet that was broken up and the bits used to make the tsuba. The fact that each plate retains a suji suggests this as does the hole above the cho kanji that woulf have been for the agemaki no kan on the backplate.
Posted 01 July 2020 - 04:34 PM
Seriously for a second. If this was put together from an old Kabuto I do not see why the original hachi would not be as old as you suggest. I like the idea of the snowflake design of the folded tehen rim covering. As to when this was made into a tsuba I have no idea, but the sekigané suggests that it does have some genuine usage and age to it. An unusual object!
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Posted 03 July 2020 - 01:48 PM
PS Where I considered 'Yuki', snowflake Mon above, it does look like it could be Ginkgo leaf design.
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