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Higo Fukunobu Tsuba
An iron well cover design by Kamiyoshi Fukunobu. 6.89 cm x 6.64 cm x 4.8 mm. Wonderful color and condition. Amazing tekotsu on both the face and the rim. The signature fitting marks in the center opening are classic Fukunobu. NBTHK Hozon kanteisho. Boxed.
Juhei Fukunobu, 1786 - 1851, was the second master of the Kamiyoshi school, the son of Juhei Masatada. He succeeded to the title after Masatada's death in 1821. He worked for, and received a stipend from, the Hosokawa Daimyo. He is the father of Kamiyoshi Rakuju. The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, Robert Haynes, H 00490.0. Tosogu Meiji Taikei, Wakayama, Vol. III, pages 305 - 306.