Round tsuba with interlacing rings and leaves


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    Symmetrically pierced, with slight modelling, as a large pattern of slender interlacing rings within the stout border; the latter covered on each face with leaves and tendrils in silver nunome.

    Signed: Yoshū Matsuyama ("of M. in Iyo province") Moriyama [Japanese text] Shōami Kanemichi [Japanese text], and, on the back, Morikuni [Japanese text] kore wo saku, with date Kiōhō XII (1727), 6th month.

    Apparently Moriyama is a surname of Kanemichi, one of the artists responsible for the guard, the other being Morikuni. Shōami is, after all, an art-name (of Buddhistic flavor) first, and a surname afterwards.

    Wada (p.69) quotes various dated guards by Morikuni, of Yenki III (1746), Kiōhō XI (1726), etc. Kanemichi, however, he does not mention.

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