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Raishoken Morihira Daisho Tsuba



Well, along the lines of no good deed goes unpunished, or for you fans of the comic strip Peanuts, believing promises, I attempted to kick the football only to have Lucy Van Pelt pull it away at the last moment, leaving me flat on my back, this set is again available.  Of course, as luck would have it, or in the sense of Greek tragedy, my doom, another party wanted to buy the set, if they became available, but when they did, his discretionary money had found another home.  I am beginning to believe that there are a group of Gods on Mount Olympus spending their free time  tormenting me for slaps and giggles. 

A large and stunning daisho tsuba of Raiden (the thunder deity) and Futen (the wind deity) on the front, and people and animals fleeing the storm on the back.  Very much in the Mito style.  Signed, Raishoken Morihira with a gold honzogan Kao, the dai signed on the front, the sho signed on the back.  Dai: 8.89 cm x 8.26 cm x 6.5 mm.  Sho:  8.19 cm x 7.59 cm x 6.4 mm.  The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, Robert Haynes, H 05664.0.   Morihira was a member of the Yanagawa family.  He was born in Tokyo in 1899, and died February 1971.  At the age of fourteen he was a student of Yoshioka Mitsushige, H 05407.0, and later studied with Katsura Mitsunaga, H 05294.0, the older brother of the first generation Sekibun.  I have been informed that a set by Morihira, of the same design, sold at the first Walter Ames Compton auction, and brought $60,000.    Boxed with hakogaki   


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