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  1. Item No. 180 Iron tsuba 7.22 cm x 7.05 cm x 0.51 cm Subject of tori and pine trees Tosa Myochin Kuniyoshi ? Mid Edo ? Good even patina , tactile piece. Is this artist referenced anywhere ? Item No. 181 Iron Tsuba 7.52 cm x 7.20 cm x 0.42 cm Subject of - well , what is it ? single horned , cross between tiger/lion and shishi or part kirin ? Signed Choshu Toyomasa Saku ? Late edo ? Another tsuba from a labyrinthine school as previous item. Is there a mention of this artist out there ? In fresh unmounted condition.
  2. Item No. 178 Iron Tsuba 8.73 cm x 8.65 cm x 0.29 cm Subject of - Signal Boards ? or Monkey Toys ? or Temple Bells ? ' Hozon Katchushi ( unban ) ' Any opinions ? Thin Plate almost circular with carved sunbursts and nicely forged rim. Apparently mounted several times , also featuring good ' face of stone ' texturing together with deep brown consistent patina. Item No. 179 Kozuka in shakudo , gold , silver and copper Subject of decorative present wrap cords and holder ? Unsigned , acquired as part of an auction lot about twelve years ago.
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    Welcome to 2022 !

    Nice ' spot the difference ' ! - the 'Japanese Kazoo' is in fact a Buri Buri - and is a New Year toy perhaps more analagous to a Mexican Pinata . Don't think it is as noisy as a Kazoo, except in decoration Regards
  4. Second Tsuba - in Shakudo , Ishiyama Mototada , NBTHK papered , subject of Male and Female tigers
  5. A couple of pieces amongst this years acquisitions , due to be posted on the long running thread ' A Series of fittings ' towards the end of next year - I should add that 2021 has been a very busy year , purchase wise , by my standards . Seem to have got hold of a number of reasonable quality fittings , but more by luck than judgement. First Tsuba Iron sukashi - Akasaka 5th generation NBTHK papered - subject Hikiryo Mon & Kiri
  6. Just a quick post to send Season's Greetings to all contributors to and viewers of this thread. Can't believe it's been ten months since we started . Lots more to come ! Best Regards to all. Bob
  7. Item No. 176 Kozuka in Copper with gold and shakudo details. Subject of two immortals - the Taoist sage Laozi ( Roshi ) and Tekkai Sennin . Signed on reverse Hamano Naoyuki and kao. Roshi is reading a scroll and wearing a robe. Both characters have teeth and eyes detailed in gold , while Tekkai Sennin has a staff shown in shakudo. Some fine work on this piece. Item No. 177 Tsuba in Iron with lead plugs 8.82 cm x 8.37 cm x 0.40 cm Tsuba with morning glory, wheel, and hexagonal patterns engraved . Myochin Nobuie ? Early to Mid 19th cent. ? Heavy piece showing some evidence of mounting and wear - could this be earlier than 19th cent. ?
  8. Item No. 174 Iron Tsubas 7.63 cm x 7.32 cm x 0.50 cm and 7.20 cm x 6.93 cm x 0.50 cm Subject of dragons in clouds - Choshu school signed as Tomokiyo & Nobuhisa An associated ' daisho ' pair . Is it possible to check these signatures / attributions against Wakayama or Haynes ? The only reference I can find in geneologies places the artist at the turn of the 17th/18th centuries. In very good condition for their apparent age. Item No. 175 Iron Tsubas 8.09 cm x 8.04 cm x 0.30 cm and 7.74 cm x 7.64 cm x 0.34 cm Another associated pair described as ' Ko Tosho cherry blossom & mon '. Received opinion is that the blossom is in fact a Katabami flower , a mon of the Chosokabe clan . The angular cut out is Genji Monogatari , an Incense Game symbol. Any ideas about the mon or perhaps stylised flower on the right ? Deep lustrous patinas on both these pieces.
  9. Thanks George , Almost a dead ringer for the first of your illustrations. Regards
  10. Item No. 172 Iron Tsuba 7.48 cm x 7.02 cm x 0.67 cm Subject of Four Seasons - Akasaka possibly mid to late 18th cent. Nice subject , good condition with deep even patina NBTHK papered Item No. 173 Brass Tsuba with gold highlights 7.30 cm x 6.83 cm x 0.50 cm Subject of dragon in clouds , signed by Hirado Kunishige? with kao. Heavy piece with good carving and detailing. The segment of scaled dragon tail shown on the reverse looks almost silver against the brass background. Also there is what at first looks like a tigers tail included in the image , but this must be from the dragon ? is it another allusion to the relationship between dragons and tigers ? Any help pinpointing the likely age of this would be gratefully received - is the artist from Hizen ?
  11. Second weekend's offerings - Item no. 170 Iron Tsuba with silver and brass inlays 8.47 cm x 8.00 cm x 0.55 cm up to 1.09 cm on Rim Big Tsuba with Nobuie style Kanji , Hitsu Ana as Daikon? Heavy forging to Rim , Signed but indistinct , deep brown patina. Item No. 171 Iron Tsuba 7.63 cm x 7.33 cm x 0.75 cm Iron Tsuba very solidly built, very dark , almost black patina . Sado school ?
  12. Thanks for the support ! First of the weekend offerings - Item No. 169 An associated pair of Iron Tsuba with Lead / Shakudo plugs 8.00 cm x 7.94 cm x 0.63 cm ( Indented Octagon ) & 7.78 cm x 7.60 cm x 0.55 cm (Straight sided Octagon ). Two tsuba , presented as a pair , first with lead plugs and arabesque type engraving , the second with ornate Shakudo plugs and engraved pine needles with stamped or engraved ume blossom . Signed Nobuie . 18th/19th cent. ? Possibly Myochin Nobuie ? Both show evidence of mounting . Even patination. Anybody hazard a guess as to what we have here ?
  13. Hello All , Just a few lines to say that from today onwards , until the start of the new year , I will be restricting new postings of Tosogu to perhaps one piece at the weekends. This is mainly to do with pressure of work and other commitments at this time of year . I will be restarting ' at full speed ' in early 2022 . Please keep watching / commenting and help keep this thread alive - Many Thanks ! Best Regards Bob
  14. Item No. 167 Iron Tsuba with copper , gold and shibuichi inlay 7.25 cm x 6.93 cm x 0.54 cm Subject of Kanzan and Jittoku , unsigned , thought to be an early Soten piece , dating to late 18th cent. An unusual treatment of a common subject with lots of painstaking detail . Another piece that looks far better in hand. Item No. 168 Iron Tsuba with Brass inlays 9.08 cm x 8.98 cm x 0.34 cm ( over inlay ) Large , thin tsuba with many different brass motifs . This sort of piece is often attributed as Heianjo , but would appear to be Yoshiro dating from the 1500's . In exceptional condition for its age , a tsuba that rewards some study to appreciate the different elements of inlay ( I count 14 subjects or types ). Ex Clarence McKenzie Lewis Jr. collection
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