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  1. xxxxin deleting this thread because Ford hijacked it and set it on fire.
  2. Ford, where the heck did I say "Alpha and Omega"? I said beginning and end of all things, as in creation and destruction of every object, birth and death of every person. There is certainly a concept of birth and death in buddhism, how else will you be reincarnated if you don't die first? I guess several written articles are wrong and you are the only one who knows everything huh.
  3. "The open-mouthed one is making the "a" sound and is known as "agyo" and the closed-mouth is making the "n" sound and is called "ungyo". These are the first and last syllables in Japanese and symbolize beginning and end, birth and death, equivalent to the alpha and omega in Greco-European culture." "The open-mouth figure is called “Agyō,” who is uttering the sound “ah,” meaning birth. His close-mouth partner is called “Ungyō,” who sounds “un” or “om,” meaning death. Other explanations for the opened/closed mouth include: Mouth open to scare off demons, closed to shelter/keep in the good spirits. “Ah” is the first sound in the Japanese alphabet, while "N" (pronounced “un” ) is the last, so the combination symbolically represents all possible outcomes (from alpha to omega) in the cosmic dance of existence. The first letter in Sanskrit is “Ah” as well, but the last is “Ha.” Nonetheless, the first and last sounds produced by the mouth are “Ah” (mouth open) and “M” (mouth closed). The Japanese "n" and the Sanskrit "m" sound exactly the same when hummed with mouth closed. The spiritual Sanskrit term AHAM thus encapsulates the first letter-sound “A,” the last letter-sound “HA,” and the final sound “M” when the mouth is closed. " Src: https://www.japanvisitor.com/Japanese-culture/nio-guardians https://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/nio.shtml
  4. So I recently picked up these menuki, and they are huge, about 7.5 x 2.3 cm each. Whatever they were mounted on must have been massive.there is some nice detail in them, and if you look close you will notice that one has its beak open and one has its beak closed, as in A and N, representing beginning and end of all things. This is seen also on pairs of Nio positioned in front of temple gates. Anyways, Im sure these are late edo work, does anyone have any thoughts or input they would like to share regarding a possible school?
  5. see title. Haynes index number H 010695.0 I don't have a copy of the index handy.
  6. I would say ballpark 800-1k assuming its gold.
  7. 止まる. 金槌時間.
  8. I should change my handle to "Phoenix Dude".
  9. I like these, its cute. Two sparrows on a plum branch. I would call them edo kinko, workmanship isn't spectacular.
  10. I live in a hot and dry climate. I clean and reoil once or twice a year, and keep mine in a safe with about 30 dessicant packets lol.
  11. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Restored-and-Polished-Sword-Tachi/292639330794 Just no.... no no no
  12. Overall the quality of the workmanship seems to be good, on the other hand this has seen a hard life. I would assume the expense to restore it to original condition would be prohibitive (I don't know how much FH charges), if it were to include touching up the gilding, shakudo and repairing the construction. It seems like it was a nice piece originally.
  13. I brought a Kozuka by Goto Mitsutoshi (Kanjo) and 2 kogatana, all 3 of my items passed with a score of 75.
  14. I actually do this on my own. Ita not too hard to learn, you just need to buy the urushi and powder.
  15. I have a gunto naval nco sword my grandfather captured in ww2. It has sharkskin same.
  16. Ww2 gunto fittings like these typically used sharkskin, quick and dirty.
  17. I believe thats sharkskin....
  18. Will have to resubmit, unless they are juyo i believe
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