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Article about: Here's a little something for your viewing pleasure. An early Edo period Hamano School tsuba. I don't collect tsuba nor have I really studied them but have picked up a few here and there alo

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    Here's a little something for your viewing pleasure. An early Edo period Hamano School tsuba. I don't collect tsuba nor have I really studied them but have picked up a few here and there along the way.

    Regards,
    Stu
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    That's very nice Stu, the intricate details i always find fascinating, the more you look - the more you see!
    A friend of mine has one with Samurai archers on horseback, same sort of amazing detail.
    I've added a pic of my one solitary tsuba. It is Raiden, the god of thunder.
    I bought it a while back because it reached out and spoke to me.... and i was cashed up!
    I have no idea what school or smith, but i assume it is edo period.
    Ern
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    Here's another from one of my swords, it has tiny little panels that when you zoom in on, show a great amount of detail! One is of a peacock, the other of a goat, i don't know what significance they have.
    i'm amazed at how they could of made them.
    I assume the rest of the tsuba background is clouds?
    Ern

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    Great tsuba Ern! Thanks for posting.

    Here is another of mine, made in the shape of the Satsuma Family Crest and has a carved wave rim. This dates from the 1600s and came to me via Grey Doffin.

    Regards,
    Stu
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    Nice sukashi tsuba Stu.Construction appears to be early Edo period. As John Yumoto Sensei used to say, a true functional tsuba requiresd a strong rim, which this guard has.
    BOB

    LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.

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    amazing workmanship.

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    Very nice Stu!
    I really like the first one.
    Ralph.
    Searching for anything relating to, Anton Boos, 934 Stamm. Kp. Pz. Erz. Abt. 7, 3 Kompanie, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16th Panzer-Division (My father)

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    Yes, background squiggles represent clouds.

    The seal:
    宗親
    Munechika

    In googling the kanji and romaji, there are other artisans named Munechika .... but use different kanji. I'm hoping our resident experts can identify your tsuba's maker.



    --Guy

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    DUDE!!!

    Your tsuba's twin brother is in the Oxford University Ashmolean Museum!!

    Mokkō-shaped tsuba with fan mounts depicting a phoenix and a unicorn


    Associated place
    Japan (place of creation)

    Date
    19th century (1801 - 1900)

    Artist/maker
    Munechika (active 19th century) (armourer)

    Material and technique
    iron, with stamped silver

    Dimensions
    8.3 x 7.7 x 0.4 cm (height x width x depth)

    Material index
    iron,
    silver

    Technique index
    forged,
    stamped,
    stamped

    Object type index
    tsuba

    No. of items
    1

    Credit line
    Bequeathed by Sir Arthur H. Church, 1915.

    Accession no.
    EAX.10211

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    Nice Tsubas guys.

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