Q133. Fine Tsuba Papered to Ko-Kinko with Kanzan Hakogaki to Tachishi
Q133. Excellent early Kinko tsuba. 6 x 6.6 x .35 cm at the raised rim. The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.5 cm. Deep black shakudo on a nanako ground with a few gold ten-zogan (dot inlays). There is a Hozon paper from the NBTHK in Tokyo dated 1994 giving the tsuba to Ko-Kinko (early soft metal). The tsuba comes in a fitted box with hakogaki by Sato Kanzan. Markus Sesko translated the hakogaki:
Q133 Hakogaki (lid outside):
Tsuba depicting autumnal vegetation
Q133 Hakogaki (lid inside):
Mokkōgata, shakudō, nanakoji,
Shōwa tsuchinoto-tori natsu
Kanzan shirusu + kaō
Lobed shape, shakudō, nanako
ground, takabori relief, two hitsu-ana
Written by [Satō] Kanzan in summer of the year of the rooster of the Shōwa era (1969) +
Tachishi is a term for tsuba makers who worked from Kamakura up into Muromachi era, making fittings for tachi; you can learn more about the attribution if you google the term. Condition is pristine; this has been treasured for a long time. Now $1,750.
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