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    Very interesting articles Mauro. But what about : " There are in the Bigelow collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a number of tsuba, the integrity of which had been ruined in the 1880's by a thief, in an attempt to remove the shakudo and gold inlay". Does someone knows more about the story? Why to have removed soft inlays only and left the iron plate in place. Being a thief, I would have taken the entire tsuba et peacefully, at home, remove the gold.
  2. Hi, This fuchi Kashira is to be sold at € 400 ($ 480) + shipping & Paypal Fees Material: Copper with shakudo, suaka, silver inlays Dimension of the Kashira : 3,3 cm * 1,6 cm Dimension of the Fuchi: 3,8 cm * 2,1 cm Signature : Mumei The Hakogaki (box) says: 眞鍮地 (shinchu-ji) – brass ground 高彫 (takabori) – high relief 据文 (suemon) – inlay 色絵 (iroe) 無銘奈良 (mumei, Nara) 昭和壬子年秋 – autumn in 1972 寒山誌 – written by Kanzan Please PM if any interest
  3. Hi, This fuchi Kashira is to be sold at € 400 ($ 480) + shipping & Paypal Fees Material: Shibuichi with shakudo, copper, gold inlays Dimension of the Kashira : 3,5 cm * 1,7 cm Dimension of the Fuchi: 3,7 cm * 2,1 cm Signature : Hiro Yoshi + Kao ( 弘義 ) - Haynes H 1449.0 Hiro Yoshi is from the Murakawa Family and belang to the Mito school. He was a student of Uchikoshi Hirotoshi and died in 1841 or 1842. The Hakogaki (box) says: Gift of Masami to Hiroshi for his 20th year old birthday. Please PM if any interest
  4. Thank you Björn , John and Charles for your comments. In fact this design of a tiger under the rain is quite common in the Tanaka school. Another exemple has been sold in Bonhams ( Edward Wrangham Collection) with almost the same feeling... :https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20555/lot/20/
  5. Hi , another Tanaka tsuba signed Kageharu (景春 ), I have recently purchased. Referenced in Haynes (H2340) describing him as a student of Tanaka Toshikage . I found another tsuba by him on the web : https://blog.goo.ne.jp/tsuba_001/e/16440e9a2b9d7ddb9063fa7ef976c9ed All commenst are more than welcome
  6. Brian , you tease me ! isn't it an owl ? I have found on web site: In Japan, owls bring luck and offer protection from suffering. The reason can be found in the Japanese name for owl, Fukuro フクロウ (梟), which can be written in different sets of characters: One with the meaning of luck (福 fuku, luck; 来ku, to come; 郎 ro suffix used in boys' names), and the other as protection from hardship (不 fu, no, 苦労 kurou suffering/hardship). Through this play on words, owls have attained different attributions and have become popular as engimono (縁起物) (Japanese for lucky charms). Some people believe that the different colours and shapes of owls have different influences on the type of power and luck.
  7. Hi, let me submit to your sagacity this tsuba I recently adquired and signed Kiyotoshi - 清壽. I didn' find a tosogu with this exact signature as Tanaka Kiyotoshi used to sign many ways . Do you think it is gimei ? Thank you
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