Q149. Iron sukashi tsuba. 8.2 x 8.2 x .4 cm at the seppa dai (thinner at the rim). The nakago hitsu-ana is 1 x 3 cm. The theme is The 10 Heavenly Steps. These 1st apeared in China a long time ago, when they were used to refer to days of the week. When that usage bacame obsolete they were adopted for other purposes. If you google 10 heavenly steps you'll learn more. Every other step is worked in gold inlay on the front; all are left plain iron on the back (nice touch, I think). Excellent condition. $350.
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