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About SalaMarcos

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    Chu Jo Saku
  • Birthday 03/07/1982

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    Tsuba - tôsôgu.
    Musô Jikiden Eishin ryû iaijutsu (Yamauchi-ha Komei Jyûku)
    Ryôen ryû naginatajutsu.
    Kashima Shinden Jikishinkage ryû kenjutsu
    Japanese art and Japanese koryû.

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  1. SalaMarcos

    Tsuba i.d.

    Also seems cast, maybe not...but judging the mei and the pic... Hope not...
  2. Good news! I have printed the 1 & 2 books and I can't wait for read the next one's. Thank you again for your hard work!
  3. SalaMarcos

    Type of animal

    seems a yagi or goat
  4. Saw ninja katanas known as shikoro gatana are a fake of XX century, like the 90% of the ninja stuff. Regarding tsuba, I suggest that the "saw shaped" tsuba or seppa, could be more related to a kiku shape, or in a second opinion a tokei shape, and in a third opinion a christian jesuitic anagram, but I don't think could exist such a "ninja seppa" as either don't exist a ninja tsuba.
  5. I saw that many of you consider this types of tantō yari or wakizashi yari as a self defense weapon. Besides, I allways pointed that this was a mere form of storage yari blades when was not suitable having long spears inside small Edo houses. Also a kind of "weapon" that could like a chōnin that has no intention to use but yes to "show" to prove his economical position. Of course it could be used as a weapon, and of course the "yari onna" existed as last chance for self defense, but specially in good blades and expensive koshirae I consider first the options of storage and dandysm.
  6. I think that asking a lot of people in this matter is not good idea, because each one is one kind of collector. There are collectors that search in the art market pieces that could increase the value, so they can sell again to earn money or just to have money to buy a better piece. Also there is romantic collectors that only search the patina of history, in the case of nihontō and tōsōgu, the ones used by Samurái un duels or battlefield. Also there is collectors that just like the pieces as any other art work. So they just search for quality and aesthetically taste. Of course there are many mixes between all this 3 kinds of collectors, but for example, I think you're type 2 and I'm type 3, so my suggest will be not valid for you.
  7. My guess is that if has a dai seppa, maybe could be Gôto work, but if its carved on the hira, I bet for Edo - Mino.
  8. Maybe I'm wrong, but do to one of the translations of den as "transmission" I think could be something like "school of.." or "atelier work", meaning that is a style of this school, but because it's imposible to determine the artist, you can mention only the style. Could be something like when we saw a Gôto kôgai that it's sure from Gôto style, but if it's not signed could be very difficult determine the artist that made it, so we say Gôto den.
  9. SalaMarcos

    Habaki - tosogu?

    Here I found newly made habaki from the newly made works exhibition at Tôken Hakubutsukan last time I attend to this exhibition 2 years ago.
  10. SalaMarcos

    Habaki - tosogu?

    In my modest opinion (as here posted really experts as Ford Hallam), I think it is part of the tôsôgu, or even the kodôgu 'cause is an small part. Of course I agree that the 80% of the cases (like the seppa as Ford said), it's a functional part with no decotarion and without an artisctic or aesthical background. But I think we must consider in the same group but not the same category due there are excellent examples, for example, i'm thinking in the Gôto Jûyô or koshi Jûyô types. To make an example on Western (Spanish) silverwork, in the Martinez or Arfe atelier you can find very decorated and artistic spoons as well simple and just practical ones. Both had the same mark of the atelier, but just the important ones had also the artist mark. So all silver spoons are under the same group as silverwork, but not the same category, depending its artistic and aesthetical work. For example, I took a picture of this habaki years ago in a Bizen Osafune Museum exhibition. The last habaki is from a private Spanish collection.
  11. Thank you all for your all the messages I received offering images from your own collection. You're the best!
  12. I have some pdf but in Spanish, if its ok, I can share.
  13. Dear fellows, Since one year I'm rewriting my PhD about tsuba to publish a book. In my doctoral thesis I couls use many images because was for an academical propouse, but now for a publish book I found a lack of images free of use. Because I know that many of you have a huge collection, I wanna ask you if you like to allow me use some of your tsuba pics to ilustrate my book. The book will be in Spanish, but of course I will give you a copy of the work, and if you with I can also quote/reference you on the book or put anonimous, as you wish. For this time I need some pics of: - Kagamishi /Kokyôshi tsuba. - Tachikanagushi tsuba - Bizen Shôami - Yamakichibei / Yamasaka Kichibei - Hôan - Hayashi - Kamiyoshi - Nishigaki Thanks in advance! Best regards from Spain, Marcos.
  14. In the MET you've some similar work: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/35205?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=tsuba&offset=880&rpp=80&pos=945 https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/25727?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=tsuba&offset=960&rpp=80&pos=965
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