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Signed Iron Pumpkin Form Tsuba, Possibly an Umetada School Tosho Tsuba

Signed Iron Pumpkin Form Tsuba, Possibly an Umetada School Tosho Tsuba


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1800: Item # 1339845
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A small, pumpkin form, marugata tsuba including leaf and vine details against the lobed background. Skilled and sensitive use of shape and space. Signed, Shigeyuki, it is not the Shoami artist using a different character for Yuki but rather the same characters used by two 18th century Yamashiro province, Umetada school swordsmiths of the same name - Shigeyuki. Given the 'tosho' feel of this tsuba and the clever work by Umetada smiths, it may not be a stretch to suggest a connection with these two Yamashiro smiths. Good condition with deep, dark patina, good tekkotsu and smooth feel in the hands. About 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm) by 2 3/8 inches (6 cm) and about 1/8 inch (.39 cm) thick.