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  1. Any domain ending with .top is blocked in a lot of countries, simply because there's no valid sites running on it....
  2. https://www.tosoguya.com/umetada_gohei_map_tsuba.html please see a very similar tsuba here.
  3. Moving it back and forward in the light, I think you nailed it Ray! Thx a lot!
  4. Hi, Documenting some tsuba and for some reason lost the original info I had on this one. I think it's signed 則 nori but can't make out the other faint kanji? Any help would be appreciated!
  5. Thanks for the feedback - I was indeed looking for the quality of the A3 pictures - the softback is only A4 (I think at around 3000yen) - indeed the larger book comes in at around 32000 yen - but given your feedback, I won't be buying it.
  6. Piers, did you happen to browse through the 50 year anniversary catalogue (開館五十周年記念 林原美術館名刀図譜) in the shop? Just wondering if it's worth getting the A3 format or not... Quality of pictures seems good as far as I can see (it's been on my list since long) - but it comes at quite a price
  7. Big thank you to both of you! I really couldn't find those last few kanji - although I did have 子地 in my earlier tries, I switched to る地 because it seemed a better fit. As you both undoubtedly know - you're real credits to this forum! I'll make a small donation in your honor.
  8. Hi, Did my homework, but wasn't quite able to finish it :-) Any help would be greatly appreciated! 六花形 赤銅 魚る地 Mutsu kikka-gata shakudo niru? ji (where the niru is confusing me, maybe I got the kanji wrong?) 高彫 色絵 x x 也 takabori iroe x x nari 無銘 古美濃 (中期室町) Mumei Ko-Mino (Chūki Muromachi) 昭和 x x 年 x x Showa year (can't really find the right sexagenary cycle, doubting between a few) 寒山誌 Kanzan shirusu + double seal
  9. Yes, they're water buffalo (like the ones in my avatar), I once had a small discussion about this with Ford and he was adamant they were water buffalo - I can't go against that lvl of knowledge!
  10. What are the odds? When perusing @John A Stuart site, I came across this one - mei is a good match
  11. Hi Bob; No idea re the mounting on polearms. Regarding the mei - very uncommon to have Sanshu mentioned, let alone using those 2 kanji. There was a swordsmith with this signature, so it might be worth trying to track his mei down - I don't have it in my books sadly. It's unlikely to be this specific smith due to the mentioning of the Bunki jidai, however, there might've been later generations? However, also note that the tsuba and the swordsmith have different kanji for Sanshu. All I have is this excerpt: ‘Kōzan-oshigata’ lists an oshigata of Nagayoshi with the mei of ‘Sanshū-jū Heianjō Nagayoshi’ (三州住平安城長吉). Swordsmith directories say that Nagayoshi of the Bunki Era lived in Ise and Mikawa provinces.
  12. I think the piece has been remounted quite often, meaning it did have some importance to its various owners. It's also a very unique design. After some more searching I think the full signature will be: 山州住長吉 Sanshu Ju Nagayoshi/Chokichi
  13. 長吉 - Chokichi or Nagayoshi ... can't really decipher the rest I'm afraid.
  14. Well it's probably Fukurokuju (福禄寿) - with his staff holding the book in which the lifespan of each person on earth is contained. However, the orb is somewhat puzzling although he is said to be an incarnation of the Southern Polestar (that controlls the dates of death, whereas Northern Polestar dates of birth). But not sure on that.
  15. Difference in seppa dai I think just proves it's a late piece. Regarding the ana, they have a Higo feel to them, that Higo influence can also be seen on the missing zogan, it's common for them to have a fabricated 'worn' look. I do stress 'influence' however, this isn't a Higo tsuba.
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  17. Choshu Hagi ju Kaneko Jurobei Yukinaka - I always thought Choshu to be underrated - they did have some very good pieces, although the general ones are indeed so-so. Of the Kaneko family. He was called Jurobei son of Yukishige. He was skilled at carving plants and flowers. He used a somewhat wide mimi and carefully and tastefully inlaid gold. Kaneko school lineage (yours is the 2nd gen) Other example of the same maker:
  18. Thanks for the update - good to see some familiar faces in that report and photo! I hope the NBTHK-EB will also resume their meetings in fall.
  19. Regarding nr 61 it's probably a Japanese water wheel:
  20. Originally Chinese, Sun Wukong (孫悟空) is the name given to this character by his teacher, Subhuti, the latter part of which means "Awakened to Emptiness" ; he is often called the Monkey King His primary weapon is his staff, the "Ruyi Jingu Bang," which he can shrink down to the size of a needle and keep in his ear, as well as expand it to gigantic proportions. The rod, which weighs 17,550 pounds, was originally a pillar supporting the undersea palace of the Dragon King of the East Sea, but he was able to pull it out of its support and can swing it with ease. The Dragon King had told Sun Wukong he could have the staff if he could lift it, but was angry when the monkey was actually able to pull it out and accused him of being a thief; hence Sun Wukong was insulted, so he demanded a suit of armour and refused to leave until he received one. The Dragon King, fearful of Sun wreaking havoc in his palace, gave him a suit of golden armour. These gifts, combined with his devouring of the peaches of immortality, three jars of elixir, and his time being tempered in Laozi's Eight-Trigram Furnace (after which he gained a steel-hard body and fiery golden eyes that could see very far into the distance and through any disguise), makes Sun Wukong the strongest member of the pilgrimage by far. Besides these abilities, he can also pluck hairs from his body and blow on them to convert them into whatever he wishes (usually clones of himself to gain a numerical advantage in battle). Futhermore, he is a master of the 72 methods of transformation (七十二变), and can transform into anything that exists (animate and inanimate).Notably, however, Sun cannot fight as well underwater. The monkey, nimble and quick-witted, uses these skills to defeat all but the most powerful of demons on the journey. Sun's behavior is checked by a band placed around his head by Guanyin, which cannot be removed by Sun Wukong himself until the journey's end. Brilliant tsuba you've got there with a lot more than meets the eye!
  21. You can find some more info here: Example pictures you can find on Grey Doffin's site. It's all full length oshigata on one big accordeon folded paper (if that makes sense?)
  22. Hi Bob, indeed, a solid set, but maybe not as outstanding as other pieces. It's portraying sarumawashi, training a monkey to dance - but you already caught that.
  23. Hi Bob, I think that kozuka might refer to the Otter Festival. Dassai Ki 獺祭忌(だっさいき)Dassai memorial day - Otter Festival Anniversary Dassai 獺祭 is a name of the Otter Festival, also an ancient name of part of the prefecture Yamaguchi. Fishotters catch fish and place them on the riverside, almost as if they wanted to show them as offerings. This custom has been the subject of many old poems.
  24. Sorry Bob, late to the party, but here's that Wakayama entry: I remember chatting to you in Utrecht at your display - there were some real gems there from the hand of Ford. If anything, he's somewhat too much a perfectionist!
  25. "Here's a side by side of your signature compared to the 1st 6 generations (papered authenticated examples)." was just making a case that the mei under discussion at the time was well off from any of the Kyo-Tamba generations. Which doesn't necessary mean gimei, but it doesn't help either.
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