Mumei (unsigned): Hukanobu (深信)
Size: 8,1 cm x 7,6 cm
Thickness at rim: 0,4 cm
Weight: 103 gr
Period: Late Edo (1798-1851)
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Here we have an excellent Higo tsuba, the Kamiyoshi family is very popular, and the Higo kinko sukashi-bori is typical style. it is a wonderful work showing the ability of the Kamiyoshi Hukanobu (深信), with openwork depicting paulownia crests and alternating ring element.
There were four members of this school.
Masatada (Shodai Juhei), he was a tsuba maker on command of the daimyo Hosokawa (though the Hosokawa domain was far from the capital, on Kyūshū, they were among the wealthiest of the daimyo) of Kokura (later Kumamoto city), he inherited everything from Hayashi ke. These works are unsigned and very rare, he mostly made sukashi tsuba, but there are also very elaborate works in his zōgan pieces. He was born in Meiwa 3 (1766), and died in Bunsei 3 (1820).
He was 32 years old when Hukanobu was born, Kansei 10 (1798). Hukanobu (Nidai Juhei) is the second generation of the Kamiyoshi family and he died in Kaei 4 (1851) at the age of 54. His style resemble that of his father.
The third master, Masayuki (Sandai Jinzaemon), first son of Hukanobu, his first name was Juhei, and he later took the Gō of Rakuju. He was an exceptional artist in nearly every style. He was born in Bunka 14 (1817) and died on Meiji 17 (1884).
The younger brother of Rakuju, Yondai Chūhachi (died 1886) made a few tsuba in the style of his brother.
At the End of Edo period there were two major masters in Kamiyoshi family, Rakuju and Hukanobu.