New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A MITO SCHOOL TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1850), SIGNED SEIUNSAI YUKIMITSU WITH KAO
The oval iron plate has a smooth surface carved in very high relief depicting a dragon in clouds. The reverse shows the dragon's body in clouds--height 7.0cm., width 6.4cm., thickness at the center 4.5mm., for the carved areas 9.5mm.
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Nitta Yukimitsu (fl. 1850) lived at Mito and later moved to Edo. Although he is known primarily for his katakiribori carving, a style imitating brushwork, he also excelled in high relief work such as this example.
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