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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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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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YASUCHIKA FUCHI KASHIRA

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AN IMPORTANT SET OF FUCH KASHIRA ( HILT FITTINGS FOR THE HANDLE OF A JAPANESE SWORD KOSHIRAE ) BY ONE OF THE NARA SANSAKU ( THREE GREAT NARA SCHOOL MASTERS.

Signed : YASUCHIKA, Edo Period ( Late 17th-Early 18th Century )

Setsumei : The Brass migakiji ground in decorated Gold, shibuichi, shakudo and copper takazogan and kebori with Carp (Koi ) and aquatic plant's in a stream signed YASUCHIKA. This set is accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Juyo Tosogu ( Important Sword Fitting ) issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai ( Society for the preservation of the Japanese Art Sword. ) The set are in perfect condition and colour.

Born the son of a Shonai Clansman, Tsuchiya Yasuchika (1670-1744 ) studied under Shoami Chinkyu and married his daughter before moving to Edo at the age of thirty-four and studying under Nara Toshimasa. He took the tonsure in 1730 and was named To-u. He is known as one of the Nara Sansaku ( Three great Nara-school Masters ) along with Nara Toshinaga and Sugiura Joi. The Carp ( Koi ) in the stream was one of Yasuchika's favourite design's which he used on a number of Tsuba and Fuchi - Kashira.

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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 AND KOZUKA ARE OF 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