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  1. There are a lot of Sukashi Tsuba showing a rotation of horizotal ornaments by 90 degrees. It’s the idea of the maker, mostly with regard to geometry. The suggestion of owls is intriguing, but my first impression was some kind of fruit, maybe a persimmon. Just another offer . Florian
  2. The thing in the water is definitely a crescent, representing the reflection of the moon on the water. Another eyxample from Varshavsky-Collection: Best, Florian
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    Tsuba motifs ?

    You will note the ornamentation in the upper part of Mauro's Tsuba (also in some of the other shown tsuba) is similar to the ornament in question. It may be that some temple roof tops could fit to this form but IMHO I doubt a concrete reference to a certain temple. Sometimes an ornament is just an ornament - without a special meaning. But if You need an interpretation I would stick to the initial idea of a flower bud and sprouting leaves. Best, Florian
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    Tsuba motifs ?

    The lower ornament is a variation of an umpan 雲版 , a temple Gong. Best, Florian
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    Here are some variations of the Yotsu-me (Four-eye pattern), similar ones but not the one in question could be find in Hawley's Mon-book, called Me-yui (eyes) there. Best Florian
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    Tsuba motifs ?

    ... and a short remark to the initial issue: The crossed objects left and right could be water ladles or hishaku. Just an idea. Florian
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    Tsuba motifs ?

    Adam, I see Your point, but I’am not convinced. Karigane on Japanese Tsuba show a lot of variations and I think artistic ideas must taken into account, not bound to realism. Here’s one from Sasano with a karigane on the right having even different formed wings: I doubt Karigane are geese everytimes, I think the general term “birds” would be more appropiate. Here’s a karigane with elongiated body or tail which looks like a bird of prey: As mentioned above geese play a major role in Japanese iconography, bats are only seldom an issue. Japanese art, however, is very tolerant concerning interpretation. Florian
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    Tsuba motifs ?

    Adam, interesting theory. I haven’t heard about this difference yet. Best, Florian
  9. Hi, IMHO the pattern on the right hand side of the ura show Yuki Mochi Sasa, snowflake on bamboo, a traditional motif in a stylised way. Some examples: The bird in the lower part of the omote could also be a plover (chidori 千鳥 ) because of the connection with a stream or shore. Anyway, a very interesting Tsuba! Florian
  10. Although Mr. Hoppen’s offer seems a little bit unprepared it’s worth to have patience while waiting for pictures. All swords offered here are top-swords shown on several occasions at meetings. Wish I had the money to buy only one of those. BTW: There are two books published by the Nihonto Club Germany. The first one contains the the Sekishu Naotsuna Katana and the Tantos by Hosho and Motoshige. In the second Volume You find the Katanas by Ko-Aoe and Enju. Only the Miike blade wasn't published in here. Florian
  11. Another quotation from “Tosogu no Kigen”: The first period could be ignored concerning Kyo-Sukashi, due to the assumption they came into existance around Oei-Period. Curran, great piece! Any nearer details? Florian
  12. "Masu" is also translated with "growth" and thus it is a symbol for luck and success. In interlaced masu forms these wishes become multipled. Due to this meaning it makes sense to attach this particular design on tsuba. Here's an other example: Florian
  13. It is said that early Tsuba in general, not only Kyo-Sukashi but also Kanayama, Owari, Ko-Shoami, Ko-Kinko etc., have identical hitsu ana shape in half-moon-form while the kogai hitsu ana was replaced by suhama gata later. In Your case the Eisho aera is late Muromachi and in Sasano's books You find enough examples with suhama shaped kogai-hitsu-ana. BTW concerning Kyo-sukashi guards there are also pieces from Momoyama or early Edo-period showing identical shaped hitsu-ana on both sides on account of geometric design. Textbooks say also that Kyo-sukashi hitsu-ana have an oblong shape which is true but not the rule. There are Kyo-sukashi hitsu-ana in regular shape or even considerably rounded. Alas a generalization seems impossible so a lot of comparing is necessary to get a feeling for this topic. Best, Florian
  14. IMHO a cross is at least a basic design, which could be found in tsuba frequently. Certainly it could be interpreted as a christian symbol. I have still no idea about the meaning of the prominent squares. These could be the clue if a christian background is intended. Slight irregularites in geometry maintain a livley design, if drawn by rulers a cross would possibly appear tedious. Florian
  15. That was quick! Thank You, Florian
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