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Iwata Norisuke Revival Tsuba
A wonderful mumei revival tsuba, that I believe to be the work of Iwata Norisuke. An extremely dense plate, wonderfully molded metal, with profuse tekotsu. 7.492 cm x 7.382 cm x 4.58 mm. My first impression was that this was a very old piece. However, replacing my eye glasses, I realized that this was much younger than my first impression.
There were three generations of Iwata Norisuke. The first generation (1781- 1852) worked for the Tokugawa Daimyo in Owari province. He was noted for copies of Nobuiye, Yamakichibei, and Yagyu, as well as fine works of hiss own. The second generation (1817-1883, was famous for making copies and forgeries in the style of Yamakichibei, Nobuiye, Yagyu. Ref. Haynes H 07387.0 & H 07398.0. Toso Kodogu Meiji Taisei Vol. III, pages 134 -141 $600
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