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  1. Much like the last auction at Tessier-Sarrou, this was a very interesting auction. While I did bid on a couple of items, I unfortunately didn't come away with anything this time around. The overall quality of the items was high, but the prices, in my opinion, were a bit absurd. Perhaps the winning bidders were largely finding their valuations in the koshirae? As outlined above, some of these prices were approaching juyo level, and with the astronomical buyers premium, I felt that such gambling was best left to those who can indulge. There might have been a couple of sleepers, but I felt that the first auction had far more items in that category than this one. For instance, lot 22: the Mumei Katana, struck me as a shin-shinto piece. Even if one is assuming it is Nambokucho, at 10,000€+ what is one exactly hoping that it turns out to be in order to justify that initial investment? You can buy this https://www.aoijapan.com/katanamumeiyamato-shizu/ for 16,792.59 Euro, which given the cost of polish and papers (assuming it even stands a chance of juyo) is about the same price. Granted, I couldn't attend the auction in person, so perhaps the items in person really were worth the prices they commanded? But is this https://www.tessier-sarrou.com/lot/116199/15882150? a 20k item? Somehow I feel that the provenance of some of the items had more to due with the prices than the items themselves. Boring market talk aside, they were almost all very lovely things, and hopefully will be cherished and taken care of for many generations to come by whomever was lucky enough to take them home.
  2. Very happy to see that I got it Thanks for the exercise Eric, looks like a beautiful example of his work. My second guess would have been Bizen - Yasumitsu, but the suguha led me to Norimitsu, as its slightly more typical on his work. My translation skills are bit meh, so will let someone else have a crack at that , even though I know who did the Sayagaki
  3. I am going to venture that it is Bizen Osafune Norimitsu, early Muromachi, so Oei-Bizen (応永 備前) or something along those lines.
  4. I see what I believe to be Sanbonsugi, so my gut instinct was Kanemoto school, as the blade appears to be Koto. There does look like their might be some masame in the Shinogi-ji, which further makes me think its something in Mino, possible Kanemoto school. The ji also appears to have some mokume hada with traces of masame, so that also makes me think Mino. The boshi is a bit indistinct for me to say definitely one way or another, but nobody said doing this with just photos was going to be easy Even though the blade is Osuriage, it does look like there is a tendency to Saki-zori, which makes me think its a mid to late Muromachi work. Anyways, that is some of the logic behind my groggy afterwork guess. I patiently await the results to see how far off the mark I was
  5. My guess would be late Muromachi Mino. Possibly Den Kanemoto or something along those lines.
  6. Well, that is slight relief that it probably not for ashes. I guess I will put flowers in it until the day I find the gravesite to return it to. Thanks again!
  7. Well, that is a bit morbid. I found it at a flee market and thought it looked like a nice chinese-style bronze-vase, but certainly wouldn't have purchased it if I knew its actual purpose. I guess I need to practice my kanji some more It would be nice to return it to the family or the at least the gravesite it came from, but I guess that might prove difficult. Just for clarification, would this have been used to burn incense or put flowers in? Kinda hoping its not the family-urn, albeit I guess that is another possibility? Thank you both for helping out with the translation!
  8. A better view of the left-side... Thanks again!
  9. Hi, I was wondering if anyone might be able to help me translate the inscription on this Japanese bronze vase? My lack of practice is showing on this one, so I am afraid I have not made too much progress before giving up. Below is my best crack at it, and the pictures of the inscription below. Any and all help would be very much appreciated. Thank you! 爲松誉鶴壽鶴福定尼 ( Think I may only have the first two and last three kanji correct here, so not sure what it says?) 追善 (Tsuizen, remedy?) 施主下浦広 (Owner Hiroshi Shimoura?) 昭和十年三月 (March of of Showa ten (1935) 二十三世 ( Twenty third generation?) 教誉代 ( Not sure about that second kanji, so bit unsure what the meaning is, I guess it could be teach honor for the ages, or something like that?)
  10. For example, the following tanto by Katsumitsu (勝光): http://sanmei.com/contents/media/T2174_T5010_PUP_E.html has the Shugendō Mantra "Rin Hyo Toh Sha Kai Jin Retsu Zai Zen" engraved on the Nakago-mune. (臨) Rin – POWER over oneself & others (兵) hyo – DIRECTION of Energy (闘) Toh – HARMONY with nature (者) Sha – HEALING of oneself & others (皆) Kai – PREMONITION of danger (陣) Jin– KNOWING the thoughts of others (列) Retsu – Dimension (在) Zai - Creation (前) Zen – ENLIGHTENMENT I believe this kind of esoteric carving become very popular in the Nambokucho and Muromachi period, albeit you do see it occasionally in the Kamakura and Heian.
  11. Hi Bruce, I believe this bit covers it, though I suspect there are many variations on the story: " Kiṃkara and Ceṭaka are also sometimes interpreted as transformations or emanations of Acala himself. In a sense, they reflect Acala's original characterization as an attendant of Vairocana; indeed, their servile nature is reflected in their names (Ceṭaka for instance means "slave") and their topknots, the mark of banished people and slaves. In other texts, they are also described as manifestations of Avalokiteśvara (Kannon) and Vajrapāṇi or as transformations of the dragon Kurikara, who is himself sometimes seen as one of Acala's various incarnations." Admittedly, my classes on Buddhism where awhile ago, but I believe this all tied into Vajrayana Buddhism, or Buddhist esotericism, which in Japan is called Mikkyō (密教, "secret teachings"). For instance, a lot of the Ninja mythology comes from the Yamabushi (山伏, mountain warriors) who practiced Shugendō (修験道), a form of Vajrayana Buddhism that incorporates elements of Taoism, specifically the magic and alchemic elements.
  12. "The cult of Acala ( Fudō) first brought to Japan by the esoteric master Kūkai, the founder of the Shingon school, and his successors, where it developed as part of the growing popularity of rituals for the protection of the state...Acala, as a powerful vanquisher of evil, was regarded both as a protector of the imperial court and the nation as a whole (in which capacity he was invoked during state-sponsored rituals) and the personal guardian of ritual practitioners. Many eminent Buddhist priests like Kūkai, Kakuban, Ennin, Enchin, and Sōō worshiped Acala as their patron deity, and stories of how he miraculously rescued his devotees in times of danger were widely circulated." You can find more information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acala, including why one often sees the Dragon paired with the Ken on some horimono, or like the menuki above.
  13. Apologies for that. Work was bit crazy this week, so didn't have time to check in here. Anyways, congrats to Marius for a fine purchase
  14. I would be interested in it at $50. Could you please pm me on how much shipping would be to Oakland, CA? Thanks! Sincerely, Austin Ross
  15. I will attempt to answer this, with the caveat that I honestly don't think any of them have proven to be a "good deal from the buyers perspective," yet. Rather, some offer more potential upswing than others. I would say the following could potentially, big emphasis on "potentially, " meet that criteria: Lot 1 (Assuming it is Kamakura period, which I personally doubt, and even then the condition didn't look great). Lot 2 ( The fittings are actually quite nice, but the blade needs some tlc) Lot 5 ( If one assumes this is going to paper to Hirata Dōnin, or something like that, personally I doubt it, but I will leave it to someone more skilled in Kodogu than I to make the final call) 9( Assuming it is a student of Sekishû Naotsuna or something like that, even then, bit pricey) 11( If it goes Juyo or higher) 12 & 13 ( If they both paper to No-sada and Morimitsu, respectively, otherwise they are both rather expensive) 16 ( Great price if it is by Nanki Shigekuni, but that is a big "if") 17 ( Totally a gamble in my opinion, the fittings are very unique and could be something special, and the blade could have some age to it.) 21 ( If it is by Horikawa Kunihiro, huge "if.") 30 (IDK, I didn't think this was a terrible price, quite attractive overall.) 31 ( Interesting blade, with an usual shape, probably a tad bit expensive, but not terribly.) The rest, in my opinion, ranged from expensive to absurdly expensive for what they were. Of course, this all just my humble opinion, for beauty, like price, is in the eye of the bidder
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