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K166. Bamboo Sukashi Tsuba, Papered to Akasaka

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$445 + Shipping & Insurance

K166.  Iron sukashi tsuba papered to Akasaka.  7.1 x 7.2 x .6 cm.  The nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.7 cm.  This tsuba comes with a paper from the NBTHK; a former owner has provided a translation:

nintei-sho (認定書)
take sukashi-tsuba (竹透鐔)
tetsu-ji (鉄地), kawari-gata (変形), nikubori ji-sukashi (肉彫地透)
mumei: Akasaka (赤坂)
Migi wa tô-kyôkai ni oite shinsa no kekka, tokubetsu-kichô-kodôgu to kantei-shi kore o shô-suru.
(右は當協會に於て審査の結果特別貴重小道具と鑑定しこれを証する)
Shôwa yonjûichinen jûgatsu jûrokunichi (昭和四十一年十月十六日)
zaidan-hôjin (財團法人): Nihon Bijutsu Tôken Hozon Kyôkai (日本美術刀劍保存協會)
kaichô (會長): Hosokawa Moritatsu (細川護立)
Nakagawa Yukito dono (中川行登殿)
Appraisal
bamboo sukashi-tsuba
iron, irregular shape, nikubori ji-sukashi
mumei: Akasaka
According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society we judged this work as authentic and designate it as tokubetsu-kichô-kodôgu.
November 21st 1971
[Foundation] NBTHK
[President] Hosokawa Moritatsu
[Paper issued to] Hirai Toshiyuki

This tsuba comes in a box with hako-gaki, also translated:

Hakogaki (lid):
吉利支丹
十字鍔
禁・売買
特別貴重小道具認定証付(竹透し)
Kirishitan
jûji-tsuba
kin-baibai
Tokubetsu-kichô kodôgu ninteishô tsuke (take-sukashi)
Christian
Cross tsuba
Not for sale
Comes with tokubetsu-kichô kodôgu papers (identifying it as bamboo sukashi)
Hakogaki (inside of lid):
永野家宝
昭和四十五年冬
於島原求ム
Nanago kahô
Showa yonjûgonen fuyu
Shimabara ni oite motomu
Heirloom of the Nagano family
Winter of 1970
Acquired in Shimabara

Whether simply bamboo or a Christian theme, the iron and condition are great; this is a fine Akasaka tsuba.  $445.

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