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  1. "Perfect" ones (almost no (or no) inlay loss, all the major inlays intact, no appreciable corrosion damage, etc), tend to go for a lot (unless the seller really doesn't know what they have/mis-describe/photograph a piece ). This is kind of a "Yahoo Japan special" - its a nice piece with reasonable work, the large inlays are mostly there, somebody sprang for expensive papers, whizzy box, etc, but it has er, issues that make it less desirable to the Japanese collector*. A surprising amount of the fine inlays are missing, and there's a hole at the top that seems to be either a piece of missing inlay and/or corrosion damage (note that the seller doesn't show it very well - an oblique image from the top like he shot of the sides would show it so you could see what was going on, so perhaps he thought this was a less attractive feature as well, but I digress). IMHO these detriments put it in kind of a grey zone - while its clearly much better than the usual online offerings, (rusty, missing large amounts of inlay, mediocre work, shined up, etc), when you start getting up into this price range it kind of makes sense to just spend a little more (what, 2K-3K) and get a real prize (no corrosion, little or no missing inlay, damage, etc). On the other hand, its "worth" this because somebody bot it at this price, so YMMV. * I've posted before about discussions with Haynes about Dr. Toyigoye's thoughts on these pieces - in a nutshell, the Japanese like to see them with at most 10% or so of their inlays missing, no missing (or damaged) large inlays, and little or no corrosion damage (for whatever reason these pieces seem to be really susceptible to this). It doesn't mean they're "bad" if they don't have this, but.... Best, rkg (Richard George)
  2. So, are the first couple of volumes now available for purchase as e-books? thanks, rkg (Richard George)
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    No Hitsu Ana

    here's a few of my more interesting ones - When digging up some images I found I actually have to reshoot a couple I did with a 5D MKII before I was color managing fully - that "canon red" is horrific to my eyes now... enjoy, rkg (Richard George)
  4. Piers, I actually can't tell if the ridges are worked from the back or not - the iron part is fitted into a gold "cup". I posted a while back about this piece here: Best, rkg (Richard George)
  5. I've had several of those in the past, but I think this is the only piece I currently have with udenuki ana Best rkg (Richard George)
  6. I have a couple of pieces with kirikomi on them. The first is this: As can be seen, the cut appears to be from a sword(part of it is still in the blade), and the bottom doesn't come to a sharp V. And the second is this naginata(?) tsuba I recently acquired - there are a couple of what appear to be kirikomi on it: Best, rkg (Richard George)
  7. Thanks for all the replies! I'll follow up on these observations. Best, rkg (Richard George)
  8. Hi again, Here's another dumb theme question. Does the combination of akikusa (fall flowers) and suzumushi (bell cricket) have a legend, story or some other meaning that they're both found in the fall? Again, I'm trying to write up something, and... Obligatory eye candy images of the theme: Thanks in advance, rkg (Richard George)
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    theme of tsuba help

    Yakozen, Thanks for the reply! I'll look into that. Another collector also suggested it might have to do with the story of Binbou (貧乏) or Bimbo if you use Joly's odd romaji: https://books.google.com/books?id=OSxPAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=bimbo+joly+Japanese&source=bl&ots=DVAA0Xo_yS&sig=ACfU3U0ZCyMwwPTzeaNNIepKN7wtS8wnjw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiVi8ai8dnrAhUJvZ4KHZ8rD3kQ6AEwC3oECAMQAQ#v=onepage&q=bimbo joly Japanese&f=false Best, rkg (Richard George)
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    theme of tsuba help

    Sebastien, Agreed on the quality (IMHO a bit better than usual), though I recently saw a jakushi piece with similar quality inlays. In addition, the Jakushi guys did indeed do Kawari gata pieces (I've seen several, and actually have one: ) In addition, somebody responded to one of my earlier inquiries about the piece withan image a signed one that was both kawari shaped and actually had similar sukushi/hitsu , though the theme appeared to be different. I don't have the owner's permission to share the image directly, but its posted on the kiodogu no sekai fb page... You may well be right - it could well be somebody else doing their interpretation of Jakushi/nagasaki/hizen/etc work - especially in late pieces like this where there were pleny of craftsmen versed in a number of different techniques who did whatever the client asked for.... not signed = we'll never really know. Best, rkg (Richard George)
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    theme of tsuba help

    Hi, I am trying to write a description for one of my tsuba, and am having trouble determining what the meaning of the decorations are. I think the piece is Jakushi work (though we'll never know for sure because its not signed - had to have been somebody in the Nagasaki area though). One side shows a rain dragon (thanks Gordon/others), and the other shows workers who are apparently planting rice. They seem to show the cloud the rain dragon is from wrapping around the piece, suggesting this is some kind of unified theme. So... is there a legend or standard name for this or is it just a "rain dragon/rice planting themed tsuba"? Apologies if you've already seen this - I've posted it in another forum or three as well. Thanks in advance, rkg
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    Thunderstorm Tsuba

    Sorry to be late to the party. Here's a couple of lightning/storm themed tsuba I own. first up is a Tenpou piece And here's an old saotome piece: Best, rkg (Richard George)
  13. FWIW, those are lantern flowers I believe. I have a piece with that theme (the fun part is that the nunome is created completely with lacquer, including the crosshatching): Best, rkg (Richard George)
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    Lacquer work kozuka

    Adrian, I understood what you said. the tsuba a bit more than just black lacquered - the nunome is completely built up with lacquer (crosshatching,e tc) - not as ornate as you are talking about, but... Best, rkg
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    Lacquer work kozuka

    I have a tsuba like that, where all the nunome, etc is lacquer work. I don't know if its a Kyou shouami piece that was "spiffed up" or what, but... Best,rkg (Richard George)
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