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Is it too easy To say hieanjo ?

Anyone know the motifs? Snowflakes?

It's thin at 4mm 

Regards Adam

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Classic ranma-sukashi (欄間透) of Yoshirō school. Unfortunately all hira-zōgan lost.

The pattern is usually referred as mogusa (藻草 - water plants).

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Yes hira zogan is rather thoroughly lost .

Do you think this by intent perhaps?

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well, I suppose that no inlay could sometimes be better than some sparse fragment

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I think the lack of inlay gives it a tooled leather look that is not unattractive. The motifs are very well done with no real damage - do we even know if there was extra inlay? 

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Dear All.

 

Looking at the edges of the channels where inlay was you can see in some places the marks where the sides were closed onto the inlay to hold it, so my money is on this tsuba having complete inlay, now lost.

 

All the best.

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Dale

 

If you do a quick search on google using "yoshiro zogan tsuba" as keywords you will see how they looked  with all the inlay in place.

 

I am pretty sure that Adam piece lost the inlay, sometimes ago. As Geraint noted you can still see the traces of the lips that kept the brass in place.

 

Regards

Luca

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The unusual thing about Bernhards tsuba is that the zogan is not zogan it's been applied with leaf which is wearing off even around the circular emblem.

The others are clearly brass overlay Zogan with the inserted circular decoration.

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So what was the general consensus because regardless of Fords explanations your is the only one I see that exhibits this trait.

How can you darken pure brass in that manner?

 

 

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