T111. Higo Tsuba
Iron tsuba with soft metal (brass?, gold?) inlaid dots. 7.5 x 8.3 cm in excellent condition. One nice touch that I can't remember seeing on a tsuba before: the carved line just inside the inside edge of both the kotsuka and kogai hitsu-ana. Very fine tekkotsu on the rim, and a sparkly surface leads me to believe this tsuba was made with sa-tetsu (sand iron). There is a catalog # painted on either side of the nakago hitsu-ana; maybe this tsuba was once in a museum or large collection. $550.
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