M220. Iron Tsuba by Umetada Mitsushige
M220. Large iron tsuba signed Joshu Ju Mitsushige. 7.8 x 8.3 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is.8 x 2.9 cm. This came by way of Robert Haynes; his note says:
H05405.0 This artist is Umetada Mitsushige. He also signed Yamashiro Kuni Ju, and was a resident of Kyoto ca. 1700-1750. He is listed in the Soken Kisho, 1781, vol. 5, page 12. I have recently added a note to my entry for this name that says ‘also worked in the style of the Saga Kaneiye School’, and this is a fine example of that style.
The work is subtle and time has rendered it indistinct. I can see large waves and a shore with houses, clouds and a sliver of moon above on the front and 2 ships off shore and a small hut on the reverse. Tiny gold inlay pick out ropes on the boats and lights on shore. There is a shakudo pillow in the kotsuka hitsu-ana (nice touch). Tekkotsu on the rim. Condition is excellent. $145.