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MASTERPIECE TSUBA by SEKIJOKEN MOTOYAMA MOTOZANE

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A rare MASTERPIECE TSUBA by SEKIJOKEN MOTOYAMA MOTOZANE (Kao)

Setsumei ( Explanation)

Mokozu Tsuba, design of a fierce Tiger. Edo period

Sekijoken Taizan Motozane was Born in 1741 and Died in 1830. He was the founder of the Taizan Sekijoken family school. He studied with the Master’s of the NARA School and worked in the MITO Province. This is Masterpiece Tsuba by this great artist.

Mei: Sekijoken Motoyama Motozane ( Kao)
Height: 8.1cm
Width: 7.8cm
Rim Thickness 4mm
Centre Thickness 5 mm
Comes with it’s box and outer box cover.
Condition: Showing a beautiful untouched dark brown Iron patina with fine and intricate Gold work.

Certification : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate ( Extraordinarily Worthy of Preservation)

Comment: Intricate detail in 3D formation of the Tiger emerging from the Iron Tsuba. The Gold inlay and carving of the Tiger is superb and the workmanship is of the highest level, as yet this has not been submitted for Juyo but has Juyo qualities and is a contender. Images can never portray reality and in the hand under observation of the human eyes this is truly a Masterpiece . For the connoisseur Tsuba collector a rare addition to their collection.

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MASTERPIECE TSUBA OF KOI DESIGN by YASUNARI

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MASTERPIECE TSUBA by YASUNARI

Mei: YASUNARI

Height : 8cm
Width : 7.7cm
Rim Thickness : 3.5mm
Centre Thickness : 4 mm
Comes with it’s box and outer box cover.

Certification : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate ( Extraordinarily Worthy of Preservation)

Setsmei : ( Explanation)

Condition: The condition of this Tsuba is wonderful and has a very fine beautiful brown Iron patina. The Koi ( Carp) is intricately made with fine detail in Shibuichi giving it a beautiful contrast with the Iron, with waves, and water plants executed in high relief Gold on both sides. Both Hitsu Ana are filled with Gold with intricate and symmetrical vertical lines. In the hand and observed and appreciated with human eyes the Tsuba is overwhelming and yet has calm aesthetic harmony with the Koi balanced perfectly in 3D.

YASUNARI was recognised as a best student of the Famous YASUCHIKA ( Nara Sansaku) One of the three great Masters of Nara.

Yasunari’s work in this particular design of a KOI clearly attains the level of his Master’s work of a very similar design and is a Testament of his dedication and level of artistry on this particular Tsuba. YASUNARI ca 1700. ( YASUNARI worked in Shonai Dewa Province) This Tsuba is a Masterpiece of the highest level by YASUNARI and has potential for Juyo although it hasn’t been submitted as yet. I present and recommend this extremely rare Tsuba for connoisseurs who appreciate the very best in Japanese Tsuba Artwork.

Koi as a Samurai Warrior

Koi Symbolism is also very prevalent in Japanese culture. It is said that a Koi swims up rivers and climbs waterfalls with bravery not unlike a Samurai warrior. As well, it is said that if a Koi is caught, it will lie still beneath the knife, facing its death bravely like a Samurai facing a sword.
Koi fish symbolism has gained strength over the centuries to encompass numerous positive qualities related to courage, overcoming adversity, the ability to attain the highest goals, and strong character.

Dragon's Gate on Yellow River

According to Chinese legend, there was a place called Dragon's Gate at the top of a large waterfall on Yellow River. Koi (Carp) would swim up the river, against the current to reach the base of the waterfall. Although many would try, only a few were brave and able enough to attempt the final leap up the waterfall. It was said that if a carp was able to complete the journey through Dragon's Gate at the top of the falls, then it would be transformed into a powerful dragon. In Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol of great power. The story symbolises that anybody who is able to persevere through great trials can accomplish their highest goals to become great.

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MASTERPIECE TSUBA by YURAKUSAI SEKIBUN

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MASTERPIECE TSUBA by YURAKUSAI SEKIBUN

Mei : YURAKUSAI (Kao ) SEKIBUN
Height : 7.7cm
Width : 7.5cm
Rim Thickness : 5mm
Condition : Beautiful untouched Iron Patina with exceptional detail in 3D format Bear emerging from forest, the Bear’s eyes are Gold and two Teeth showing from mouth in fine detail. The balanced use of Gold (Kin ) and Silver (Gin ) set in Iron is wonderful

Certification : NBTHK Juyo Tosogu ( Important work ).
Note it is extremely hard for Tosogu to qualify and pass Juyo and only items of extreme excellence and high importance are successful.

History:

Era : Late Edo Period / Shonai Province modern day Yamagata Prefecture, Japan 庄内藩 Shōnai-han was a Feudal domain in Edo period Japan located in Dewa Province. It has been recorded that SEKIBUN moved to SHONAI in 1824 and worked for the SAKAI DAIMYO of the area. He was an extremely talented Artist and worked in both Iron and Soft Metals and was very versatile. His works are rare and are sought by collectors in Japan and also abroad.
SEKIBUN was born at Murakami in Echigo Province, he worked at Shonai Dewa Province. D: born 1790, died 1872.

This Tsuba is an extremely desirable Tsuba because of the unusual octagon shape and the rarity of the subject and is a Masterpiece by this Artist.

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JUYO Setsumei ( Explanation of Juyo Certificate)


Jūyō-tōsōgu at the 46th jūyō shinsa held on October 5, 2000

kuma no zu tsuba (熊図鐔) - Tsuba with bear motif

mei: Yūrakusai + kaō - Sekibun (遊洛斎「花押」・赤文)

Chiba Prefecture, Taguma Seiji (田熊政治)

Measurements

Height 7.8 cm, width 7.4 cm, thickness at rim 0.5 cm

Description

Hinshitsu-keijō: octagonal shape, iron, tsuchime finish, sukidashi-takabori relief, zōgan, iroe, uchikaeshi-sukinokoshi-mimi, two hitsu-ana (both plugged with shakudō) Jidai: end of Edo period

Explanation

Katsurano Sekibun (桂野赤文) was born in Kansei two (寛政, 1790) in Murakami (村上) in Echigo province. Iit is said that he left his home town at a young ago to study with the Hamano School in Edo but his art name Yūrakusai rather suggests that he was trained in Kyōto (Note: raku is another term for Kyōto). In Bunsei seven (文政, 1824), he was hired by the Sakai (酒井) family who were the daimyō of the Shōnai fief (庄内藩) and from Kōka two (弘化, 1845) on, he permanently lived and worked in the Shōnai capital Tsuruoka (鶴岡) where he also died in Meiji eight (明治, 1875) at the age of 87. Sekibun mostly made tsuba and usually used iron or shakudō as raw material. He focused on a takanikubori ornamentation with iroe accents but also worked in katakiribori, shishiaibori, zōgan, and other techniques of metalwork. His signature is based on the calligraphic style of local Echigo-based calligrapher Kameda Bōsai (亀田鵬斎, 1752-1826). Sekibun particularly studied the works of master Tsuchiya Yasuchika (土屋安親) and his preferred motifs were animals and birds.

This iron tsuba has an octagonal shape in the style of Yasuchika. It is carved in sukidashi-takabori and colored with gold and silver zōgan and iroe applications. The omote side shows a bear in a forest and the ura side a waterfall, both sides interpreted in perspective and the posture of the bear hidden in the depth of far away mountains is highly skilfully executed. Both arrangement of the motif and carving techniques display a high degree of refinement and so we have here a work that truly reflects Sekibuns ability and art.

 

 

Important Masterpiece Iron and soft metal Tsuba

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IMPORTANT IRON TSUBA.

Mei : From left to right : HAGIYA KATSUHIRA — SEIRYOKEN Backside : Kao
Height : 8.8 cm
Width : 7.8 cm
Rim Thickness : 5 mm
Condition : Beautiful untouched Iron Patina with exceptional detail.
Era : Late Edo / Mito Province
Theme of KOI Swimming up stream with Snow Flakes falling from the Sky

HAGIYA KATSUHIRA 萩谷勝平 (1804-1886)

HISTORY

Katsuhira's first name was "Yasuke" (弥介). He was born in Mito on the October 20th, 1804 as the second son of Terakado Yoju (寺門与重). He was later adopted by Hagiya Nibei (萩谷仁兵衛) and learned the basics of the kinko craft from his older brother Katsufasa who first bore the name "Terakado Yosaburo" (寺門与三郎). He then studied under Shinozaki Katsushige and Oyama Motozane (泰山元孚), played an important role among the Mito-kinko of the late Edo period, and was the master of the famous Unno Shomin.

Katsuhira's go was "Seiryoken" (生涼軒) and he was hired by the Mito fief in the 1844. His two sons were Katsuhiro (勝容) and Katsuyasu (勝保).

Katsuhira died on September 6th, 1886 at the age of 83.

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TANTO KOSHIRAE, LATE EDO PERIOD

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PUBLISHED : KUROROIRO NURI AGEHACHO MON MAKIE SAYA AIKUCHI TANTO KOSHIRAE

JIDAI : EDO KOKI

SETSUMEI : A ISSAKU KANAGU AIKUCHI TANTO KOSHIRAE OF SUPERB QUALITY WITH 12 AGEHACHO (BUTTERFLIES ) IN GOLD RAISED LAQUER. THE MENUKI ARE SOLID GOLD AND THE TWO BUTTERFLIES ON THE KOZUKA ARE ALSO SOLID GOLD.

AN IMPORTANT KOSHIRAE FOR THE STUDY OF ASTHETICS, BALANCE AND THE MASTERFUL WORK OF JAPANESE SAMURAI ART AT ITS VERY BEST. THERE IS A SIMILAR WORK IN THE TOKYO
NATIONAL MUSEUM SWORD SECTION OF A NATIONAL TREASURE DAISHO KOSHIRAE WITH THE SAME AGEHACHO MON.

OA LENGTH : 43 cm

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