T136. Shakudo nanako tsuba with horses
T136. Shakudo nanako tsuba with horses. Signed, “Yanagawa Naokatsu” with a Kao. 6.7 x 7.3 x .35 cm. This is a very impressive work of art. The nanako background is quite fine and perfectly done. The detail on the horses is incredible; they are worked in shakudo and gold, and the shakudo horses have shibuichi (I think) dots on their bodies. The kogai hitsu-ana is plugged with gold.
Robert Haynes, in his Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, lists Naokatsu as a student of Yanagawa Naomasa and gives birth and death dates of 1719 and 1761. That said, I suspect this signature is false: gimei. Still a very nice tsuba and priced very reasonably (and if I'm wrong about the signature the new owner will have hit a home run).
The tsuba comes with a box and it is in excellent, near perfect condition. $650.
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