A120. Yamagane Kinko Tsuba signed Joi
A120. Copper tsuba signed Joi. 6.7 x 7.2 x .3 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.3 cm. Issando Joi was one of the Nara San Saku, the 3 great masters of the Nara Tradition. With great fame comes great forgery and, unfortunately, I believe this to be a forged signature (gimei) of the master. The work is very well done and condition is pristine, but it isn’t Joi. If I’m wrong somebody will buy this for 2 cents on the dollar. Nice tsuba in any case. $395.