J140. Iron Tsuba, Nagasaki or Jakushi
J140. This tsuba was shown to Robert Haynes who gave it to either Nagasaki or Jakushi. 7.3 x 7.6 x .3 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .8 x 2.8 cm. To me this looks like one of the Jakushi went to work for the Nara School (not likely). The iron has a wonderful, soft patina and the gold work differs quite a bit from normal Jakushi technique (less like nunome, more like a true inlay). I see silver and copper inlay also and even a few subtle tekkotsu on the rim. At 1st glance it is easy to pass up this tsuba but it deserves a closer look; I think it is quite fine.
It is consigned and the consignor has this to say about it. "Hizen Tsuba. Nara school feeling, with Jakushi-style nunome-zogan. Unsigned. The influence of the Jakushi school is evidenced by the use of gold damascening highlights on the Chinese-style mountains and buildings. The thin, well-hammered plate and boatman carved in high relief with copper iroe-zogan exhibit the influence of Nara school work. Overall, the Chinese feeling of the design suggests the orbit of Nagasaki as the likely place of manufacture"
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