H378. Bold Iron Sukashi Tsuba. Akasaka
H378. From the Holbrook collection; Skip’s tag reads, “Akasaka IV, Hachiman & Ken”. 7.2 x 7.5 x .85 cm. The nakago hitsu-ana is 1.3 x 3 cm. A very thick tsuba once mounted to a very thick blade: love to have seen that one. The 4 birds are the messengers of Hachiman, the God of War, and the ken is the ritual dagger seen at the top and bottom of the seppa-dai. This is a most impressive piece: great work of the Akasaka School. Condition is excellent. $645.