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Tsuchiya Morichika Tsuba
An unassuming and important tsuba by Morichika. Signed Kinkodo / Tsuchiya Morichika Kakihan. Iron with takabori horses and riding accoutrements with gold nunome. A very dense plate with granular tekotsu throughout, made at a time when forged plate was the exception. 7.52 cm x 7.39 cm x 4.2 mm at the mimi. Morichika worked in Okayama in Bizen province, and later in Osaka. He is the son of Noriyuki (H 05810), and a student of the sixth Tsuchiya Yasuchika (H 11109). There are dated works from 1850, 1858, and 1859. Ref. Wakayama, Toso Kodogu Meiji Taikei Vol. III, page 176; Haynes, The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, H 05655.0.
Toso Kodogu Meiji Taikei Vol. I