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  1. Vendor: well, yes, he does post some good papered items in a short supply world. and shilling seems to be fairly commonplace on Yahoo!Japan. This guy could get extra bids on a 1999 Lincoln penny and turn it into 2 or 3 cents. As to the Kanshiro: I see it as an homage piece to an older style. It isn't papered- or more likely the NBTHK papers aren't being shown and got shoved in a drawer. Current NBTHK probably papered it to something else. --- I am traveling and don't have my books available to me at the moment to look up what the attribution is on this design in Tsuba Kanshoki or other of the big books, BUT the point is the 'Kanshiro' (supposedly in Ito-san's Nishigaki book, yet I don't remember it) is an homage to the old style. If antique, I'd view yours as also an homage piece. The one on Yahoo!Japan doesn't strike me as Kanshiro, and I am 50/50 on the one in Ito-san's book being Kanshiro. While Ito-san is a scholar par none and certainly 7 leagues ahead of the current NBTHK when it comes to Higo works, I still sometimes doubt the attributions on a few pieces in his books. Conclusion: ignore the Kanshiro attribution on the Yahoo!Japan one and hit the old big books to understand what the originals were. I want to say that they were attributed as Mirror Maker tsuba, but the old attributions might simply be Ko-Kinko. Yours would be a later homage or utsushi of that style.
  2. Echizen ju Kinai saku. --Fairly high level of confidence in that reading.
  3. Ah yes. The Mino Taikan.... a book I shouldn't have sold. Been a while since I saw one.
  4. And it is all relative. Currently $700k won't get you much where I live. We seem to be in another slight bubble period. We also lived in NYC during a boom time when 700k would get you 1 bedroom apartment with rats. And I remember c.1989 Japan at the top of the Golden Egg era. Toyota was selling pre-fab houses for $500,000 -$600,000. If you had the land, they'd plop down the sort of house that would have costed about $50,000 in Georgia at that time. I hate RE. Not my game.
  5. SteveM = Thank you for humoring me. Choice B looks like a rather good fit. --Not joking--. In 3to5 years we may be hunting for such a home, though it would be more likely that we are in the Kyoto area instead of the Tokyo area. Still, Kamakura has always been tempting.
  6. To Mark: I am work and family duty Undead until at least May 15th, but I really look forward to attending the Chicago show again. I may be nailed down this year, but I will make a point to attend in 2022. Thank you Mark for all that you do and have done. Curran
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    Noh Mask Kozuka..?

    Well, one of my best attached. I almost was foolish enough to sell this one during a dry financial period.
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    Noh Mask Kozuka..?

    I had wondered about that, given that Akita women were considered highly desirable for their "moon faces". I pondered whether this was an East vs West thing with shape, or whether a more direct issue about pale complexion. From a query into old postcards, I had thought it more a complexion issue alla, " white skin covers the seven flaws [iro no shiroi wa shichinan kakusu]" quote.
  9. Excellent addition Mr. Helm. Thank you. How much for a house by the graveyard in Kamakura? I have no problem with the Dead, and we are still considering downsizing and relocating to Japan. --Mostly [herumscherzten], but about 15% serious.
  10. Rather unique tsuba. On top of that: I don't know if I have seen a winged tiger before.
  11. I inferred something along those lines. The theme pops up too much in Japanese art. George can probably lay down more of the meaning. With the korean gayageum, I've watched documentary that claimed a close study of the bridges was the quickest measure of the mastery of the maker. True? I dunno, I'm just a newbie watching a documentary that no longer believes ever documentary that claims samurai swords cut through gun barrels. But I guess a lot of meaning can also be taken from the issue of placement of the bridges on a koto or a gayageum. They certainly aren't set as they are on a western instrument, and finger tension on them can be placed on both sides of the bridge. Put another way, they have a lot of flexibility that master musician can use. So the 'flexibility' meaning is quite plausible to me.
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    Well, I haven't given it that much thought. I'm insanely overwhelmed with things on the personal front at the moment. Still, as someone who focuses mostly on Higo and Owari schools--- it isn't Owari. I can understand its radial (quad) symmetry mistakenly leading one to Owari, but many other kantei points say =Not Owari. Kodai Higo isn't a bad attribution, but my initial impression is that it isn't that either. The kogai anna and other points make me want to go off hitting the books to find a 3rd choice. Not a bad tsuba. Kodai Higo is a slightly lazy but respectable call. If I have time [doubtful, sorry... but life it that demanding right now], I suspect I can come up with a better classification.
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    No, not Owari. Not sure what it is, but it shouldn't be called Owari.
  14. I wasn't even aware of this project. I thought I was strictly a Koto lover, but I fell in love with the work of a particular gendaito smith and researched the heck out of him at one point across several of the books mentioned. Remembering the pain and pleasure of that, I'd contribute to this project just out of respect for Markus' work. I don't need final product. I simply want to support the efforts of someone who has already helped my own knowledge beyond that which I think I have given in return. Moreover, I understand the NYC difficulties as close to my own heart and mind these days. Hell of a year or two. The Immortal American City seems to have broken. Markus- my respect for you is great. Your translations have greatly added to my tosogu knowledge, including a very recent deep dive into Ko-Nara and subsequent artists. Without your translations, I would have taken weeks more to learn as much as I did. Life being what it is, I don't know if I would have done it without your works. Communicate to us and let us know how we can help. CURRAN
  15. I'd hazard a semi educated guess that it is 200 to 300 years old.
  16. Style is Toppei, but the materials are later and a bit cruder. I am not sure what to think about it. It is something even I haven't seen before.
  17. Curran

    Another big name

    No worries! The last year has carved a pound of flesh out of me, but I survived worse in 2008 and 2015.... so I am glad to help when I have the physical & mental energy.
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    Another big name

    Stephen Dude.... Your luck is that I am extremely experienced with this school. Send me a proper picture of the signature and I will tell you (a) what generation or (b) gimei. I sold my own via Bonhams a while back, but I do have one by the brother of the 4th gen that I enjoy much and may eventually pay the chumps at the NBTHK to paper. The risk is that the Ichiryu Tomotoshi and Tomoyoshi boys were infinitely known for their dragons. The name Ichiryu sort of sticks a fork in it. So, if it is going to be gimei..... it is probably a design of a dragon. You face some risk you picked up a gimei, but it also might be one of the various later generations.
  19. wtf guys? Pretty enough Hamano mid level pieces. Okay stuff, but not great. I've sold better for half the price. Whatever. It is your money.
  20. Lol. For a while, I haven't been able to see how people vote. Once in a while when advice is truly manure and I can't bring myself to comment, I will use that rare "DOWNVOTE" Very rare, but please keep it.
  21. If in the US, work with US dealers. Unless you are buying at the Juyo or above level, you will do much better for your $ in the USA. Also, no international mail or customs hassles and you can return it or be protected by USA law in a state to state transaction. As far as Nobukuni works go, if it doesn't look like the attached examples= then what is in a name? The first few generations of Nobukuni are great.
  22. Trans: Tsuchiya School, from the line of Yasuchika, starting from the 4th generation Yasuchika the 4th was active also with the name “Nagahide”. His first name (or real name) was “Shinsuke”. He also used “Sei Unsai” and “Ichirin”. It isn’t known if the 4th gen was the natural son of (or adopted by) the 3rd gen. Either way, he also studied with the master Iwamoto Konkon in the province of Mito. There he produced pieces signed “4th gen Yasuchika, resident of Mito”. The 4th gen Yasuchika produced works mostly in katakiribori. [from Markus Sesko’s text on the Japanese Toso-Kinko Schools, p.166] ------------------------------------- I had not read this before, but it frames perfectly a fuchi-kashira set attributed to the 4th gen that I had been resisting buying. The work was in katakiribori. Also, I'd been studying this yondai work. https://www.kusanaginosya.com/SHOP/238.html --There is something about his katakiribori that stands out to me as distinct, but I haven't figured it out yet.
  23. San Fran is a bit far of a drive from Eugene and an awkward flight, unless things have changed in recent years. Still, he is in a fairly good place to start learning. Both San Fran and Portland have some A+ grade collections, which it might take a few years to appreciate some of the pieces you may see.
  24. I hadn't visited that website in a long time. As of this morning, I got various 404 Error messages from the site. There is a long long ago sold tsuba on that site where I wanted to save an image for academic purposes. It has been an extremely long time since I last saw Mr. Kurata. To some degree, He and Mike Yamazaki were once in business together. Mike Y. might be able to reach out to him.
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