Q242. Carved Tsuba Covered in Gold
Q242. Tsuba covered in gold. 7.1 x 7.5 x .4 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .7 x 2.7 cm. I'm not sure what the base metal is here; it's heavy enough to be iron but a magnet doesn't stick. No question what the show metal is, though: Gold. I'm guessing mercury gilding, covering the surfaces except for in the recessed carving and the entire rim also. Skip Holbrook once told me that only a wealthy person could have owned this when it was made; it is an expensive process. The theme is shishi and plants. There are some small dents that don't belong and some of the gold is missing on the rim. Quite impressive. $245.
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