C277. Wonderful Old Heianjo Zogan Tsuba
C277. Heianjo zogan tsuba. 7.95 x 7.95 x .3 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is .9 x 2.8 cm. Another tsuba consigned to my site; this one the owner thinks dates to about 1450. Iron with brass inlay: Kanji on either side of the nakago ana and arabesque & vines elsewhere. Much of the fine arabesque brass is missing and one section has been replaced with a simpler inlay (at least I think this is a replacement and not original); the brass in the Kanji is intact. Subtle tekkotsu on the rim and a great feeling of advanced age: quite nice. $350.