- Dated: late Edo Period: 1603-1867
- Culture: Japanese
- Medium: steel, copper, ray skin, silk, wood
- Measurements: blade length: 55 cm. Tang lenght: 12 cm
The tang (part of the blase encased by the handle) measures 12 cm. The koshirae (mounting) has two menuki, a bird and a crescent, and two seppa and habaki in copper. The tsuba is also made of copper, featuring vegetal decoration. The kozuka of the sword is also of copper and shows a fishing scene. The tzuka is covered in ray skin and silk rope, while the sheath in brown wood with enlarged tip, featuring a decoration of small black birds.
in Molise non si scherza un cazzo.
THE HAND HAS BEEN COVERED, I AM AFRAID. The artist himself covered it, when he painted the portrait, after all… and the client didn’t really want a third hand (peasants never understand what true art is, am I right)
If the client would have been a museum or a public gallery, then they may have decided to keep it or to at least put like a sign that says “LOOK, THERE IS A THIRD HAND HERE AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PICTURES AND THE X-RAYS”.
But unfortunately we never work for museums and a private always wants a painting to look exactly like it was when it came out of the artist’s studio (which makes zero sense BUT I WILL NOT EXPRESS MY OPINION ABOUT THIS. Not now at least.)
WELL WHAT A WASTE OF A PERFECT HAND
WELL, TOO BAD I CANNOT POST PICTURES OF THE PAINTINGS I WORK ON, BECAUSE OTHERWISE I WOULD BRAG ABOUT HOW COOL
I AMMY JOB IS LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW
maybe you can have a bit of the dude with three hands…
while removing all the horrible paint they airsprayed on it during the previous restoration SURPRISE, HERE, HAVE A THIRD HAND (an example of the artist’s change of mind).
That has been a very cool experience.
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