Sword guard (Tsuba) Depicting Hotei (布袋図鐔)
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This tsuba shows on the obverse God of Luck Hotei who shakes a nut tree so that a woman can pick up the nuts from the ground. Her child is stretching out its arms towards the jolly deity and towards the left, we see Hotei’s famous lage bag. Except for some a parts of the tree, the reverse is left undecorated.
Tomonobu (友信) was the second generation of the Someya (染谷) School. His first name was Kichigorō (吉五郎) but his years of birth and death are unknown, although we know from extant dated works that he was mainly active around the Bunsei era (文政, 1818-1830). It is said that Tomonobu had also studied painting with Tani Bunchō (谷文晁, 1763-1840).
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