H379. Owari Iron Sukashi Tsuba
H379. Iron sukashi tsuba from the Holbrook collection. Skip's tag reads, "Owari Bamboo Momoyama Period". 7.8 x 8.1 x .5 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is.9 x 2.7 cm. Bamboo eh? Tough to know what exactly this depicts. I see something that could be a crown of bamboo leaves at top but what is that strange animal below? Whatever it is, this is a magnificent tsuba made of 1st class iron with a few subtle tekkotsu on the plate. The ryo-hitsu had, at one time, shakudo pillows mounted beside the seppa-dai. $895.
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