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Yurakusai Sekibun Tsuba
Famous for their tigers, a signature work by Yurakusai Sekibun in iron. Tiger in red copper, with shaku strips, and gold eyes. Katakiribori clouds, and keibori rain. Sogned on the back Yurakusai Sekibun. There is an unimportant fault in the plate on the ura. 7.636 cm x 7.27 cm x 4.16 mm. The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, Robert Haynes, H 08118.0 & H 08119.0. Tosogu Meiji Taikei, Wakayama, Vol. III, pages 38 - 44.
There were two generations, their work extended over a one hundred year span, and while there are differences signatures and subjects, the quality of their work was almost equal. The first generation. 1790 - 1872, was born in Murakami in Echigo province, but worked In Shonai in Dewa province. He was adopted by the Hamano family of Kyoto. He studied the Hamano style, and learned both iron and soft metal techniques. In 1824 he moved to Shonai, and seems to have worked for the Sakai Daimyo. The second generation, 1838 - February 29, 1912, born in Edo, worked in Shonai. In 1876, four years after his father's death, he became the head of the family, took the name Sekibun, and all the titles. Ref. Haynes. Boxed