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  1. FlorianB

    Some fun finds

    Hi, what do you mean - raining swordblades? Or simply the proportions of the tiger, made by someone who'd never seen one? Florian
  2. In my opinion a real daisho should be different in size and corresponding (not necessarily identical) in design, so you can see the artist’s intention in creating the pair. Often a popular design was routinely repeated over and over by tsubako and, as said above, in later times similar ones where put together by dealers to increase the value. Thus often seen in western collections. Florian
  3. The noted tapering at the edge is typical for later Tosho-style works, the circle is too exact and the carving on the butterfly is unusual for old examples, so my gut feeling tends to a later reminiscence from Edo. However an impressive work. I like it. Florian
  4. Hello Greve (?), on the first sight it seems to be an interesting Tsuba, well done with elegant curves in orikaeshi mimi. I like it. I don’t think, the corners depict Mount Fuji (there should be three peaks). I would describe it as a variation of itomaki-gata. The indentation could be called sumi-iri. Concerning the manji- or sawastika-mon no apologies needed - we all know the meaning of it in Japan. If the mon refer to specific families or if they are just decoration I can’t tell, but in my opinion these inlays have a kind of crudeness in workmanship. Perhaps later additions? Best, Florian
  5. concerning item 222: A friend of mine owns a nearly identical one, the paper says „akikusa suzumushi“ - autumn grasses and cricket. The jagged parts seem to be simplified panicles like those: Best, Florian
  6. Glen, that was my first thought, too, some kind of Japanese humour. At least it could be an allusion to military strategy, overcoming obstacles - something like that. Florian
  7. Stirrups or abumi as Glen mentioned, a ladder and perhaps a gaming board for shogi or go. But no idea what this compilation represents. Best, Florian
  8. That’s up to you. Japanese art aims at a subjective perception, so the depicted is just an impetus for deeper understanding. Florian
  9. Sorry to be a drag, but I’m not sure if it is Yatsuhashi at all. We see a collection of various flowers comprising chrysanthemum, bellflower, iris, peony and a trunk with plum (or cherry) buds. I don’t know if there is a special meaning in this ensemble. Perhaps a connection to seasons. The zig-zag line reminds me to several laquer works giving the impression of parts merged together. Like this: In my opinion the tsuba motif needs further study. Best, Florian
  10. Or is it the other way round? Florian
  11. Gentlemen, please don’t forget that the motif (indeed often shared by different workshops) isn’t in many cases a decisive factor for attribution. Here we are comparing pictures (even of good quality), but it’s completely different to have those pieces in hand and compare the steel/iron, the colour and other details. Best, Florian
  12. Here’s one of mine, however I don’t know if “ko“. Of smaller size, but I’m fond of the composition. Florian
  13. Sorry, I referred to Tsuba No. 178! Florian
  14. FlorianB

    Fumei Kanayama

    Hello Evan, Kanayama design is often very abstract and difficult to interpret - if interpretation is intended at all. Another idea concerning Your guard: these forms could also symbolize a stupa or a gravestone. Best, Florian
  15. Concerning Tsuba 147 it looks like umpan 雲版 , temple gongs, arranged like the well known tumbler toys. So an amusing variation of this theme
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