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  1. The kind of tsuba like the second one has already been discussed previously in this forum. Please see: https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/14025-next-best-thing-to-having-nbthk-papers/#comment-147138
  2. Hi, I think the technique of decoration in the first tsuba is better described as sukidashibori kin-nunome-zōgan (鋤出彫金布目象嵌). Here below an example of katakiribori (片切彫).
  3. @Glen Here a Nobuie tsuba with hineri-kaeshi-mimi (but as far as I can see Bob's tsuba is signed Kaneie)
  4. MauroP


    Maybe Echizen?
  5. Hi Bob, here a tsuba from my collection resembling yours No. 88 T103.pdf
  6. Hi Peter, I'd suggest Aizu-Shōami, mid to late Edo period.
  7. Item No. 85: the subject is possibly 近江八景 - Ōmi hakkei, i.e. Eight Views of Ōmi. According to tradition, Regent Konoe Masaie and his son Hisamichi, while visiting Ōmi province near Kyōto, wrote eight waka poems describing famous scenes around the western shore of Lake Biwa. BTW, item No. 84 was assigned as ko-Shōami by a kanteisho? I'd rather say Heianjō-zōgan...
  8. MauroP


    Hi Grev, I suppose you already know the two review papers here below. Anyway it could be useful remind them for other interested people. Bye, Mauro https://www.dropbox.com/s/8bps54bs4whi60t/The Techniques of the Japanese Tsuba-Maker.pdf?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/bilgfen2qcatn1i/Tecniche di decorazione di tsuba giapponesi e loro terminologia - M. Dziewulski.pdf?dl=0
  9. Item No. 82: here below two tsuba with the same pattern papered as Akao and Akita-Shōami (just two more opinions on attributing a non-typical tsuba).
  10. MauroP


    What about Akao? (Pardon for reopening a long time closed topic)
  11. MauroP

    Yoshiro Tsuba?

    Hi Colin, features of Ōnin, Heianjō-zōgan and Yoshirō tsuba overlap to a certain extent. Heianjō is usually a more conservative call. Using a broad rule the shinchū-zōgan is protruding in Ōnin tstuba, is flush in Yoshirō tsuba and is whatever it could be in Heianjō. Of course if ranma-sukashi are present a Yoshirō call should be granted. But... I can show you counterexamples in NBTHK papers for all of the statements I made above. Here below 2 examples which, I'm afraid, won't help you very much...
  12. Hi Bob, regarding tsuba no.72, after "photoshopping" a little bit, I think the signature is a plain 山城住長吉作 - Yamashiro jū Nagayoshi saku. So the maker should be Momoyama to early Edo – Kyōto – Heianjō-zōgan school, according to Markus Sesko's "Signatures of Japanese Sword Fittings Artists".
  13. Here a tsuba papered as Heianjō-zōgan with some resemblance to the first one of this topic.
  14. Hi Dale, a fair example of ko-kinkō, I think. If you got it for a bargain price, you can put the saved money in a submission to shinsa...
  15. Hi, inlay decoration of tsuba no. 61 looks like shimenawa, a rope with ferns and paper stripes delimiting a sacred space in Shinto rituals.
  16. Some more stuff to give a try: 3 tsuba papered Higo, Kamiyoshi and Nishigaki. Which is which? (sorry for the pics, no others/better ones available).
  17. You are right, Kamiyoshi (and Nishigaki) could also be candidates. Basically I never realized what clues in a sukashi tsuba make the difference with a simple Higo attribution. So I simply don't remind of them...
  18. Hi, I didn't realized it was a kantei game. My answer was just a Gestalt guess. Anyway, I'm trying to rationalise: the theme expressed in ji-sukashi could be either Higo, Akasaka or Tosa-Myōchin. In a Higo piece I'd expect a more bold kebori, and sometime a more rich texture on plain surfaces. The Akasaka design is associated with sharp, broken lines (and dishomogeneous layered metal, wich I was unable to evaluate from the pictures). So Tosa-Myōchin, with its delicate kebori and sinuous sukashi (and homogeneous iron), should be the most likely candidate.
  19. No. 55: usually referred as 格子 - kōshi (lattice pattern).
  20. Hi, Kōfu jū Masayuki means "Masayuki living in Edo (Tokyo)". Efu is an alternative reading of Kōfu. Possibly late Edo period, Bushū-Itō school.
  21. Item No. 53: the subject is usually referred as Aridōshi (蟻通し). It's a Nō play in which the god of Aridōshi shrine is represented disguised as an old priest holding an umbrella and a lantern.
  22. Hi, I think it's just a tsuba for a bokken. Possibly this one was originally made to be mounted on a wood sword (late Edo to Showa), but I've seen some true old tsuba modified accordingly.
  23. Luca, you have open to me a whole library of wonderful design Meiji book. Thank you!
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